Built in 1933 by Burnet,Tait and Lorne this was a Grade II listed former Royal Masonic Hospital Nurses home. Winning the RIBA Gold Medal for best building of the year in 1933, it features nautical style curved sun porches and balconies which reflected the modernist ideals of the day. Built in an Art Deco style the building contained a mixture of communal spaces from which corridors extended serving the individual bedrooms. We developed a scheme to detailed planning submission which included 68 open market and affordable residential units.
In order to maximise the development potential, whilst maintaining the spirit of the original building, we proposed that the majority of apartment be duplexes. By having an internal staircase to each apartment this enabled us to include the central spine corridor within the footprint of each dwelling.
New penthouse apartments were designed on the top of each accommodation, set back from the facades and formed in glass and copper these complimented the ‘ocean liner’ design of the original building. The client subsequently obtained planning consent for the design and it is currently under construction with Linden Homes.
Credit: Osian Jones as Project Architect with Hamiltons Architects