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The East facing elevation enjoys a formal presence with Hortensia Road.
Park elevation with its prominent stair towers.
Photo of the Month : July 2015. Site visit to Sloane School currently under construction. This shot was taken in the original stairwell showing existing glazed tiles which will be restored and kept.
The Assembly Hall is the principal gallery space and has intricate detailing.
Within the former Assembly Hall a new 'pod' structure has been introduced to connect the two levels of accommodation.
The new 'pod' defines spaces of varying character for dining, relaxing and entertaining.
Slots being formed to allow new steel beams to be installed which will form the floors of the rear extension.
Precision installation of temporary supporting steel
An additional lower level of accommodation has been created below the new rear extension.
Structural works being undertaken to allow the creation of new accommodation on lower ground levels.
The new rear extension rising from ground level following the proportions of the existing facade.
A shot of the roofscape under construction
The buildings rear facade with the roof stripped away allowing for new structure to be installed.
A new pedestrian entrance is proposed on Hortensia Road with glazed doors sitting within the arched openings.
Emphasis on the vertical character of the existing apertures was the key reference in developing the fenestration to the new park extension.
Each stair tower is capped with a copper dome.
LCC's first specially planned and purpose-built secondary school.
Historic first floor plan dating from the construction period during the early 1900s.
Sketch model exploring the spatial configuration of the building.
“Breathing new life into a historic building, the proposal is a confident marriage of existing and contemporary architecture.”
Built in 1908 as the first purpose-built secondary school in London, The King’s Library (originally the Sloane School) is located on Hortensia Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It is recognised as being highly characteristic of Edwardian Baroque design and was Grade II listed in 2002. Planning and listed building consent were obtained by delegated powers for the conversion and extension of the building into eighteen high-end apartments. A thorough understanding of the existing character and historical features have informed the proposal, which seeks to enhance the spirit of the building whilst meeting the market aspirations of the client. Construction of The King's Library is ongoing with Phase I completed in April 2016. Fit-out of the high end residences will take the project up to completion in autumn of this year.
Status Under Construction
Area 4,543m² (48,908ft²)
Client Hortensia Property Development LLP
Project Team Hoare LEA, KM Heritage, Local Dialogue, Martin Brooks Associates, Savills, Sinclair Johnston