A recent appointment for Daniel Connal Partnership marks a change in policy for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
DCP is delighted to have been appointed as Party Wall Surveyor for an interesting project in EC3.
Planning permission has recently been awarded for a scheme by Architects Rivington Street Studio which will convert, extend and reconfigure 375 – 377 Roman Road, adjacent properties in the vibrant Driffield Road Conservation Area of Tower Hamlets
Typical of the area, the buildings have commercial units on the ground floor and residential accommodation above. Vacant for a several years they are in a dilapidated condition, with the existing rear extensions to both properties in a poor state of repair, the residential accommodation above cramped and lacking amenity space.
The Rivington Street Studio plans will resolve these problems. The scheme will provide two much improved commercial units on the ground & basement floors, while above there will be spacious well designed residential accommodation in three flats on the first and second floors, which will benefit from private amenity areas.
So far, so normal, but of particular note on the scheme is the use of a mansard roof type extension.
This project is one of the first planning consents given for the Driffield Road and Medway Conservation Areas since the London Borough of Tower Hamlets relaxed their policy on the use of mansard roof extensions,
With Tower Hamlets acknowledging that their change in policy is in response to residents’ desire to have greater flexibility to extend their homes and stay within the area rather than moving house, it may well be the first of many similar schemes.
Image courtesy of Rivington Street Studio