Hester Architects Ltd


6 Colbeck Mews London

6 Colbeck Mews is situated in Kensington West London. Dating from 1865 it is a fine example of a cobbled London mews street and one of the few that retain a grand arch at its entrance. When our client, Gavin Scott, purchased No. 6 Colbeck Mews it was a dilapidated, double fronted house with living accommodation at ground and first floors only. After extensive negotiations with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and following the end of the moratorium on basement construction within the borough, planning permission was secured for the creation of 2 separate houses with accommodation over 5 floors. Photographs courtesy of ‘Chestertons’ Chelsea.

The Scheme

The works involved dividing the property with a new party wall to create 2 houses of equal size; excavating 5m below street level to create an additional 2 storeys below ground; and reconstructing the roof and intermediate floors to create additional living space in the loft and a mezzanine between the living room and the bedrooms. By realigning and reconstructing the buildings structure behind the retained elevations a total of 5 useable floors were created in place of the original 2.

The house has also been fully insulated and fitted with a heat recovery system to achieve an Eco-Homes classification of ‘Very Good’. It has state-of-the-art AV systems including a fully integrated wireless sound system, Lutron lighting, and an automated steam shower in the master en-suite. The staircase is designed to ‘float’ within the double height entrance void with open risers to maximise the natural light at each floor level