bptw’s retrofit of a 1930’s block of flats in Hackney has been shortlisted for Inside Housing Magazine’s Sustainable Housing Awards. Shakespeare House, which was officially opened last month, is a unique conversion of a four storey residential building which previously suffered from the familiar litany of problems common to much post- and pre-war social housing in Britain. Through an inventive and rigorously executed refurbishment process, the development now meets modern standards and offers 18 high quality apartments with generous living areas, spacious balconies and attractively landscaped communal gardens. The dated external envelope has been overclad with an attractive stack bonded brick cladding system which is complemented by deep reveals and window surrounds to provide a distinct and uniform appearance, giving the development a contemporary feel and presenting it in a completely new light. A 5th storey has been added to maximise space and, in being set-back from the rest of the development, adds visual variation and further enhances the building’s unique architectural profile.
Shakespeare House was recently featured in a BD magazine case study as an exemplar of the high architectural quality that can be achieved through the retention of existing buildings. The full article can be read here.