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Listed Building Refurbishment London

No. 1 St. James’s Street, London, 2022

One of London’s most iconic addresses, overlooking St. James’s Palace and adjacent to the historic flagship store of Berry Bros. & Rudd, our project at No. 1 St.James’s Street involved the careful redesign and listed building refurbishment of a five-storey Grade II*  Listed Building to create a series of unique luxury rental apartments.

Sustainable architecture and interior design is not often a priority when restoring a listed building. However, for us at Anthro Architecture we are really passionate in our vision and understanding that the only way to ensure the future use of these historic buildings is to place sustainable design at the forefront of our Conservation approach. We have used the latest heating and cooling technology, smart lighting and secondary glazing to sensitively improve the efficiency of the restoration works, while simultaneously respecting the existing building’s historic form and fabric.

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Listed building refurbishment london architectural design london essex process anthro architecture ltd

Listed Building Refurbishment

Expertise in Conservation

Originally commenced in 2017, this five year project involved carefully studying the existing building and the design intentions of the original architect Norman Shaw, who oversaw the completion of the building in 1881. Working collaboratively with Westminster City Council, we gained listed building consent and planning permission to reconfigure and restore the existing building and to create a series of new apartments in the building. These apartments included large lateral apartments over the principal floors and an exciting duplex penthouse apartment nestled into the expansive roof scape. This apartment also includes a secluded roof terrace with views out over St. James’s Park.

Listed Building Refurbishment

Sensitive and Carefully Considered Interior Design

For the restoration of this distinctive grade two* listed building we developed an interior concept that pairs sensitively considered interior design and responsibly-sourced furnishings with modern amenities and technology.

Collaborating with property developers Obbard and interiors advisor Kate Watson-Smyth, the interior scheme was inspired by the surrounding historic architecture, including those of Berry Bros. & Rudd at No.3 St James’s, which has been on site since 1698. Individually designed and curated, each unique apartment incorporates a mix of reclaimed furnishings, textiles, antiques and artworks – including items from Berry Bros. & Rudd’s own archive. These have been layered alongside modern fittings and finishes from studios and brands that have a responsible approach towards their environmental impact.

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Listed building refurbishment london architectural design london essex process anthro architecture ltd

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Respecting the Historic Narrative

Sustainable design is an increasingly important issue within the industry and our focus was that every aspect of the interior design not only made a statement aesthetically but that also demonstrated how we should be designing responsibly with our environment in mind and how we can all try to make a difference. A key aspect in furnishing this building of this was sourcing vintage and reclaimed furnishings instead of buying new. We worked with well-made heirloom pieces that will continue to stand the test of time, instead of opting for cheaper fast-furnishings that will ultimately end up in landfill. Where we needed new technology – appliances, mattresses, sofas, paint, kitchens – for comfort and servicing, we’ve made sure to work with premium brands that have made responsible and ethical design key parts of their manifestos.

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Secret Penthouse

Vintage furnishings have been sourced from both London antiques markets and online via Vinterior (www.vinterior.co) , with antiques sourced from Berry Bros. & Rudd own archive which are layered alongside lighting and fireplaces that have been reclaimed from London properties undergoing demolition. Ecological paints from Graphenstone (graphenstone.co.uk) have been used throughout with bespoke colours created for No.1 St James’s in mind. A focus has also been on incorporating quality made British brands such as The Cornish Bed Company (cornishbeds.co.uk), Love Your Home (love-your-home.co.uk)and Handmade Chesterfields. Repurposed textiles come from Haines Collection (hainescollection.co.uk) with vintage rugs throughout all apartments. A curated selection of artworks has also been chosen from Berry Bros. & Rudd’s archive which includes historical documents, sketches and paintings.

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Listed building refurbishment london architectural design london essex process anthro architecture ltd

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Project Credits

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Client: Berry Bros. & Rudd / Obbard (www.obbard.co.uk)

Contractor: Obsidian (www.obsidianlondon.com)

Project Management: LPDM (LPDM)

Collaborators: Kate Watson-Smyth (www.madaboutthehouse.com)

Photography: Mark Anthony Fox (www.markanthonyfox.com)