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Phillimore Gardens, London


The renowned Phillimore Estate is one of London’s most prestigious residential areas. We were commissioned to remodel and renovate a home of particular architectural merit within its grounds.

The Brief

The land on which the Phillimore Estate, Kensington, was built was acquired by the historic Phillimore family in the early eighteenth century. Over the decades, the estate has been owned or held in Trust for members of the Phillimore family.

This affluent estate occupies approximately 20 acres north of Kensington High Street, making it a very distinguished address in the city and a designated conservation area.

The focus of our brief was a detached dwelling comprising of five storeys. We were appointed to design an extensive remodelling scheme that would refine the building’s interior and exterior appearance to meet the family’s requirements.

Our Solution

We spent a considerable amount of time with the client before beginning the project to establish the vision for their new home and what finer details would bring the building together.

Our team confidently undertook the project, which included extensive structural works, the replacement of existing staircases and the reconstruction of a large part of the exterior facade. We also added an extension to the basement, forming new spaces within the accommodation floors to help develop new interior layouts to suit the family’s needs as they grew.

The client’s vision was finished to the highest of standards with a quality interior finish that considered every aspect of their brief.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)