Blenheim Terrace is a brand new development of three high-end luxury residential town houses, located in the prestigious St John's Wood Conservation Area, near Abbey Road studios. The 5 storey, 4 bedroom, 4,025 sq ft houses have been built in response to soaring demand from American banks, tech firms and other companies looking for accommodation for executives relocating to London.
Working closely with the architects at Modulor Studio and Taylor Maxwell, Vobster Architectural were asked to supply a number of wet cast Portland stone dressings to this prestigious project, including the bespoke structural window heads.
Combining traditional design with modern manufacture
Designed by local architects Modulor Studio, the historical London mews have translated the building’s original characteristics into a modern architectural style. The facing brick and cast stone refer to its historical context, but are arranged in a way to create a dialog between traditional and modern design.
When considering the cast stone details, it was suggested that the wet cast window heads be made structural. Wet cast stone is ideal for creating structural units with high compressive and tensile strengths thanks to the inclusion of bespoke high specification cast-in reinforcing. Intricate and crisp designs can be achieved on any scale, even on units weighing up to 10 tonnes.
Creating the structural window heads for Blenheim Terrace in this way eliminated the requirement for the otherwise necessary masonry support angles and facilitated further efficiencies on site including the reduced build time and man power needed in these areas.
In addition to the structural window heads, we also supplied the matching wet cast Portland stone cills, capping, coping, door surrounds, panels and parapet units that blend sensitively with the traditional architecture of the neighbouring buildings.
Due to the location of the very small North West London site, it was vital that the site space was used as efficiently as possible during construction so we coordinated closely with the main contractors site team to ensure that our deliveries arrived just as they were needed, and with facilities to offload.
Phase 2 of the scheme at Blenheim Terrace is due to start on site in October 2019.
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