Crawford Partnership has been appointed for the design of two new build houses replacing a block of 6 run down single storey lockup garages in West London.

Following the guidance on small sites development in the recent update of the London Plan, the design of the semidetached dwellings which are set between two existing 4 storey Victorian Villas, introduces a sculpted low-profile massing with each house comprising of basement, ground and stepped back first floors, and incorporating curves in both the horizontal and vertical planes to soften the edges and aid with minimising the impact on neighbours daylight and views. Each house is set behind a brick boundary wall capped with foliage providing defensible space and screening for the compact landscaped garden areas. The new houses will provide a contemporary addition to the street scene borrowing from elements of detail and materiality of adjacent period houses and echoing the modern style of another of our recently completed detached houses nearby.

Incorporating modern methods of construction and a fabric first approach to energy conservation to minimise their carbon footprint and aspiration to meet 21st-century zero-carbon goals, the houses will be constructed with 400mm thick insulated walls, triple glazed floor to ceiling windows, and energy-efficient technologies including, air-source heat pumps, solar PV panels, green roofs with greywater collection, and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system, with the overall design aspiring to achieve passive house standards, which is a key driver for our clients.