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17:43 PM / 02nd October 2023

Planning Permission Granted through Appeal for a Kensington Townhouse

It is with enthusiasm that Rigby & Rigby announces a recent Planning Inspectorate approval overturning the decision of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the reconfiguration of the main entrance to a Victorian townhouse situated within the Kensington Conservation Area.

, Planning Permission Granted through Appeal for a Kensington Townhouse

This successful appeal was critical to providing additional internal space and addressing the side facing, deeply recessed entrance door which, after many years of alterations in the area, appeared as an anomaly in the terrace. The internal arrangement now provides an entrance lobby and also allows for the installation of a unique and sculptural staircase, designed by Rigby & Rigby Architecture, which runs throughout the five storey dwelling. The stair sits within a full height void designed to maximise the infiltration of natural light throughout the residence turning what was a dilapidated circulation area into a statement of contemporary architectural design. The house will now undergo a full refurbishment alongside the approved entrance works, protecting the many unique heritage features of the main rooms whilst updating the space for modern family living.

, Planning Permission Granted through Appeal for a Kensington Townhouse

Rigby & Rigby Associate and Lead Architect for the project, Rebecca Mark comments:

“This success at appeal underscores the design studio’s commitment to providing functional design solutions for our clients, advocating for both architectural excellence and sensitive intervention within a heritage context. Whilst the approval grants us the authority to alter the original Victorian building, the subtlety of the external proposal illustrates our dedication to protecting the historic urban fabric of London. We understand the significance of the city’s architectural heritage but believe in the careful consideration of its adaptation to ensure sustainability of use for central London dwellings against the demands of modern life.”

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