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Exchange House, Upminster

We are remodelling a 1920s telephone exchange building and converting it to residential accommodation with a new top floor extension providing an additional storey. The development also comprises a new mews development to the back of the building for an Essex based developer.


The design is a contemporary update on a traditional house and mews reflecting how people wish to live in the 21st century.


The development is located in Upminster, East London and enhances the 20th century classical detailing of the existing building with the addition of an elegant metal clad extension. New interventions will maximise the high ceilings to create bright modern living spaces close to transport links to central London.


The additional floor adds a tripartite attic level to the classical building. It is set back from the street to reduce the perceived mass from street level, with contrasting materials to soften the visual impact.


The existing stair is relocated centrally to provide a simple planning layout with a central core and apartments either side allow for dual aspect flats with generous living spaces and balconies to the south to maximise views and natural light into the heart of the building. The two bedroom mews houses at the rear of the site reflect the elegant classical proportions of the original building in an updated format.


The project is currently in planning, and will start on site in 2018.