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224-226 Kings Road

location: 224-226 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 

year: 2013 - current

client: Cadogan Estates


Horden Cherry Lee Architects have been appointed by Cadogan Estates to redevelop a site on the corner of Chelsea Manor Street and Kings Road in Chelsea, London.

Planning consent and Listed Building consent were granted in October 2014 for the renovation and refurbishment of an existing Bank Building and for the construction of a new building on Chelsea Manor Street.

Our proposal retains all the listed facade elements. A new building alongside the existing building respects the classical hierarchy and proportions, vertical rhythm and three bay subdivision that are clearly expressed in the existing Bank Building. Thus, the new building unites the composition and enhances the setting of the listed Bank building and its Townhouse adjunct.

Our proposed brick is a Coleford Gloucester Grey.  The subtlety of brick choice is important as the colour should compliment the adjacent red brick buildings and provide tonal definition to each building within this group.  White stone window reveals expresses its verticality, lightens its appearance and relates to the stone reveals on the Bank building and white window reveals on adjacent buildings.

The height is respectful to the Townhouse, is beneath the Bank eaves and reveals the three dimensional form of the Sorting Office building.

From the close up view along Chelsea Manor Street, the vertical proportioning and subtle horizontal relationship with the Townhouse and Bank building is revealed.
The depth of the facade is revealed at ground and third floor levels providing a gravitas to the architecture. Stone reveals and spandrels emphasise the residential elements and relate to the materials of the adjacent buildings.

The residential entrance is emphasised by the small canopy at the same level as the stone entablature over the Townhouse door.

Construction is due to commence in Autumn 2015.