Chris Dyson Architects
- Original design
- Chris Dyson Architects, 2017
The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
This project contains three elements. The full restoration of a much loved Regency period pub, the construction of a new mixed use 3 storey building adjacent, and a glazed link forming a clear divide between the old and new.
The historic pub had been altered sometime during the inter war period, when the original brickwork was covered with an unsympathetic cement based white painted render, and the original shopfront was replaced with yellow tiles. CDA’s proposal sought to remove the render, expose the original brickwork, and restore the ground floor with a beautiful wood grained shopfront. The timber panelling, fireplace and bar in the ground floor of the pub have been carefully restored, with the former cellar at basement level now containing a new restaurant, with fully restored brickwork walls and mural by artist Ian Harper. The first floor contains a new ballroom, in which Georgian timber panelling, mouldings and cornices have been carefully detailed, with the colours used taking influence from the Yellow Room at the John Soane Museum. Above this at second floor level, is located the residence for the pub's landlord.
In addition, CDA were commissioned to design a new 3 storey mixed use new building adjacent to the historic pub, which features a dramatic brick point. Contained within this is a two bed short stay maisonette flat at 1st and 2nd floor, and an office at ground floor level. This new build uses traditional decorative brick features such as tuck pointed gauged brick arches and recesses, along with a contemporary interpretation of Georgian proportions.
Separating the old and new is a clear anodised bronze framed glazed link, which also contains circulation for the top floors of both elements of the development. On the back wall of the glazed link, a majestic 8m high painting by Anthony Eyton RA, specially commissioned for this space, has been installed.
From the outset a sustainable solution was an important consideration for the designer team and client. When working with a Listed Building there is always constraints on how far an environmental solution can be pushed without impacting on the value and integrity of the historic structure. Collaboration between CDA, Project Manager Hadi Sarmadi and M&E consultants Ground Sun ltd made possible innovative solutions in creating a building which now provides heating and cooling from a natural source to service both the historic and new build areas which respects the listed structure.
In order to ensure thermal comfort was maintained throughout the new building and elements of the historic pub, an extensive heat recovery and ground source heat pump system ensured this was achieved while negating the environmental impact of such demands for heating and cooling. The ground source heat pump uses the natural water table beneath the property in order to provide sufficient heating and cooling, while rigorous detailing ensures that there has been no negative impact on the Grade II listed building through the integration of this system.
Reclaimed London stock bricks have been used throughout the envelope of the 3 storey new building. These were also utilised in areas of the historic restoration work where the original was beyond repair. As well as this, the use of lime based mortar ensures it will be possible to salvage or repair the bricks used in the future, while allowing the building to breath. The brickwork forms an essential element of the overall aesthetic, in both new and historic elements, meaning the use of reclaimed bricks significantly reduced the environmental impact of the building's construction.
In addition to the environmental sustainability outlined above, the client and owner, Mr. David Lonsdale, has been keen to give the building a socially sustainable presence within the local community. A scholarship scheme was launched by the newly formed Sekforde House Trust to celebrate the reopening of the pub in December 2017. The trust awarded five £10,000 scholarships to students who either live in or are attending university in either borough.
David and his close friend and project manager Hadi Sarmadi are both passionate about global politics. They are particularly interested in re-engaging young people in politics with debates and lectures. These lectures and debates shall be staged in the first-floor ballroom to encourage further community involvement. There will be a focus on international themes, from the Middle East to pollution and climate change, but anyone will be able to suggest speakers or a debate.