The Grade II Listed Kensington Fire Station was purpose built in 1904. Works to refurbish the Edwardian baroque style building needed to respect its rich heritage and create a space that could be enjoyed by its users.
Working within the strict Planning and Listed Building conditions set by the Local Authority at design stage, our designers used their creativity to evolve a robust design that suited the building’s intended use.
The design allowed for the retention of many historic features such as period fire places, cupboards, architectural detailing, original doors and sympathetic repairs to the original windows.
The layout was altered to improve the building’s efficiency and functionality with existing third and fourth floor flats converted into new offices for the Borough Team.
Our proposals for the lift shaft and external repairs required careful thought to ensure that damage to the building fabric was kept to a minimum and repairs matched the existing in respect of materials, colour, texture, profile, brick bond and pointing.The ground floor appliance bay area, with its high ceilings and original wrought iron columns, was accessed via three large folding doors, one of which became the new station entrance.
To enhance this area we designed a bespoke floor to ceiling glass entrance foyer so that visitors to the Fire Station could appreciate the building’s historic architecture.
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