We were first approached by our clients Petrow Estates in 2011 to look at the feasibility of  developing a site they had owned for 20+years. This project is the creation of two, 2-storey new build townhouses on a brownfield site containing disused garages in Teddington, South-West London – London Borough of Richmond. The site is virtually redundant in its intended use as garages for cars, and backed onto by Victorian housing, any development was governed by strict parameters imposed by its context and planning policy for these types of sites.

The proposal of upside down houses, includes 1 floor above ground, containing bedroom and bathroom, and a basement living area with a sunken courtyard garden. The proposal has been developed under careful consideration of local planning policies and the design is intended to be sensitive to the neighbour’s amenities. In essence the bulk above ground is not materially different than the existing garages.

A palatte of modern glazing, crisp white render and vertical timber cladding is proposed, with a focus on maximising natural light to the key living areas internally. The sunked basement gardens will be fully landscaped to create high quality amenity space.

Working hand in hand with Roger Shrimplin, a very experienced planning consultant (and ex-inspector), we have navigated 2 planning applications, both refused at comitee and 1 appeal. Finally, the project gained planning consent, at appeal (and the second time of asking) in April 2018. It has taken 7 years to get consent, to provide 2 modest and sensitively designed houses- a small piece in the puzzle to ease our housing crisis.

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