Palmerston Place

Palmerston Place was one of our most ambitious projects, involving the conversion of seven Victorian townhouses, which had been used for decades as offices, into 28 spacious luxury apartments. This involved conserving and renovating existing features, as well reinstating features that had been lost and introducing new ones in keeping with the history and style of the buildings. Their formal design and strategic location, neighbouring the magnificent St Mary’s Cathedral, meant we had to get this project right.

Our approach to period properties has always been one of respect for the original design whilst knowing where it can be improved upon. Damp is often a problem, caused by poor detailing and a lack of maintenance to the building’s shell, so at Palmerston Place we re-slated the roof, upgraded cement skews to lead soakers, reinforced the gutters and replaced the cast iron downpipes to ensure the properties would be watertight for years to come. Internally we renovated or reinstated plaster cornices; stripped, stained and French polished the original doors; renovated the period fireplaces; and repaired and reglazed the original cupola, which brings light down the stairwell to the Italian marble-floored entrance hall. These are the period details onto which we then introduced the contemporary comforts of designer kitchens, stylish bathrooms and the all-important central heating.

Each house was subdivided into four apartments: a 2 bedroom garden flat, a one bedroom on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the first and a three bedroom duplex apartment on the top two floors. We were determined to retain the grandeur of the original townhouses, keeping true to the generous proportions of the public rooms, so even the one bedroom apartment has a 25 foot long living room!

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