TS&JT Architecture & Design

The Pelican

Preservation and development of existing pub and addition of apartments, Kensington & Chelsea, London

This project is for the conversion and extension of a Victorian pub building in West London. The current pub unit is too large to be commercially viable, and so the owners approached us with the aim of reducing the areas allocated to pub use, by transferring the upper floors of the building into residential use. In addition, an existing single storey dining room extension to the pub will be demolished and a new building constructed to give access to the upper residential floors of the pub building and to provide a further two or three apartments, depending on the final configuration desired. In total, the scheme will provide two large apartments, mainly contained within the original pub building, and up to three apartments in the new building. A number of variations on accommodation provision were tested during the feasibility phase.

The language of the proposed building takes its cues from the existing Victorian pub, responding to the articulation of the pub facade, but allowing the new construction to stand as a building in its own right. The large-scale opening on the ground floor of the new building responds to the scale of the openings into the existing pub, and also helps to conceal the additional floor the new building contains.

  • Model of proposal.

  • Street elevation.