Lawyers working in the city who wanted premium quality results and an extensive refurbishment with minimal stress alongside their existing heavy workload jobs. They also required full project management they could trust as they would only be able to spend minimal time on-site.
The client required a full refurbishment of their confined penthouse duplex with new patio decking and an extensive top floor structural reconfiguration to create an open plan environment.
The penthouse sits on top of a grade II listed building and was previously an enclosed space broken up into four areas.
The client desired a more open plan duplex with a clear view of St Matthews Square from anywhere in the apartment. They also wanted confined spaces removed for a more open and inviting area.
To make the entire design and build project more seamless and hassle free, we introduced the clients to our comprehensive online management portal which they could remotely access from any PC or mobile device. We then worked with the client through this portal to communicate, update them with the schedule and share ideas when they weren’t available on-site. This allowed effortless communication and the ability to quickly approve or reject fixture and fitting options whilst easily being able to see how it affected their overall budget and timescale. This made collaboration highly detailed, straightforward and hassle free.
When it came to the build project itself, we used architectural planning and 3D modelling to take their existing engineering plans and create a free spanning curve structure which would provide a stunning contemporary design whilst removing the need for support columns or walls – thereby creating the perfect solution for the new open-plan environment. This entire process was value controlled to ensure the best balance between results and budget expenditure with full approval from the client at all times.
To create a beautiful internal design, a clean white-wall finish was used with black-stained oak flooring. The introduction of bi-fold doors allowed a seamless, open- plan connection between the interior and the new outside decking which also produced a framed view of the elevated garden and the ‘Gherkin’ building in the background.
The wall height at the foot of the stairs was also reduced to allow more natural light to flood into the penthouse and down the stairwell for a brighter environment on both the lower and higher floors.