Located on the east side of Prince’s Square, this beautiful six-storey stucco-fronted Italianate townhouse was originally built as part of the Bayswater expansion of London in the mid-19th century. Having fallen into disrepair, ‘Patalab has taken great care to research the building and surrounding area in order to form the basis of this thorough conservation project. We have meticulously reinstated the original layout and period features to the extent that the building has become a much loved rescue project of ours.
Twenty-three Bedsits become Four Apartments
When our client bought the property it was at its lowest ebb – illegally subdivided into twenty-three bedsits and was subject to a Westminster City Council Enforcement Notice to restore back to its original state.
Public records noted that the property had been used as apartments for more than a century and the task of now combining the property into a single dwelling would have been unviable. However, comprehensive research thankfully enabled ‘Patalab to achieve Planning and Listed Building Consent to convert the property into four large apartments. Our application succeeded where others had not, due to our evident understanding of the social and historic fabric, combined with a drive to accurately reinstate the original layout and proportions.
The property now accommodates two apartments and two maisonettes, enabling a mixture of occupancies whilst retaining the stately proportions and reinstating the original period features. The maisonettes are connected internally using the existing secondary stairs that avoid interruption to either the original layout or the painstakingly restored ground to third floor stone staircase.