Highgate Conservation Area gets a modern makeover

pH+ architects have received planning permission to transform an existing mixed-use building in the Highgate Conservation Area.

The project retains and enhances a Victorian façade on Archway Road while creating a truly modern development behind. The shop will remain for use along the busy Archway Road, while the existing basement will be enlarged and improved to provide affordable workspace for local, small businesses.

On the upper levels and at the rear of the development 25 new apartments of varying sizes will be added, with private and communal outdoor space. The resulting scheme will make much better use of the available space on a small plot.

Great care has been taken to ensure the new design is at an appropriate scale, with contemporary architecture making clear references to the surrounding context and existing building.

Pitched roofs are extended backward and repeated as a motif throughout the scheme, made up of brick that matches the local area.

Red-pigmented metal, which blends with the tone of the brick, is used for cladding, providing a subtle, modern alternative to traditional building materials. Large windows and balconies are ‘punched’ out of the exterior walls to allow light in and views out.

Internally the apartments are split up into two main components. Behind the retained facade 15 flats will be located on three floors above a ground floor commercial unit.

At the quieter rear of the site, an existing one-storey building will be demolished and replaced with four family duplex units at ground and basement level. A further six residential units will be found on the three floors above.

Andy Puncher, Director, pH+ said:

“Contemporary yet contextual, our proposal will make a positive contribution to the Highgate Conservation Area and provide much-needed new homes and workspaces for the area.”

The development was designed by pH+ for client Archway Apartments Ltd.