The Elms Clapham, London Refurbishment & Restoration


The Elms is a fine example of a Georgian Palladian style villa that counts Charles Barry, the architect of the Houses of Parliament, among its former tenants. However, the building was subject to a number of unsympathetic and invasive modern alterations. Fortunately, some of the historic features, such as the grand 18th century mahogany staircase, original windows and plasterwork, were preserved, even if partially damaged or concealed by modern additions.
Sketch Design were appointed to secure planning and listed building consents, and to oversee a sensitive conversion and restoration. With the aim of revealing and restoring the remaining historic fabric, all of the modern layers were stripped back and the interiors were  transformed from run down and disused spaces into six stunning one and two bedroom flats. Original historic  features were restored including the main staircase, sash windows, plasterwork, slate roof and leadwork. In addition, the existing building fabric was upgraded  enhancing its thermal, fire and acoustic performance.

Client: Royal Trinity Hospice
Size: 545 sqm, six residential units
Heritage: Grade II Listed
Team: Quantic Management, TP Bennett Planning
Consultants, Osbourne Edwards, PR3, T&B Contractors
Photos: James Balston Photography

SKETCH DESIGN is a RIBA Chartered Practice founded in 2010, providing architectural and interior design services with a portfolio of projects ranging from new builds to refurbishments and restorations.

The majority of our work involves redevelopment of existing buildings, often listed or located within  Conservation Areas. Although many of our schemes face inherent planning and technical challenges, a mix of focused creativity and extensive delivery experience combined with a problem-solving mindset enables us to consistently create additional value for our clients.

Adaptation of historic buildings to the needs of modern life requires a sensitive and sympathetic approach. Our main objectives are improving comfort and sustainability while emphasising the historic features and character.


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