We are collaborating with the ever-innovative Bureau de Change Architects to transform this four-storey 1980s red brick building just moments away from Euston Station into five spacious apartments. The scheme is sustainable from the inside out, designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents by delivering more daylight, ventilation and beautiful outdoor spaces.

The building’s signature archways mark the northern gateway between Drummond Street, Foundry Mews, and the Tolmers Square estate at the back of Euston.

The design draws on the traces and memories of the area’s history, urban grain, weaving new and old by adding two storeys while retaining the original foundations and structural elements to create a characterful energy-efficient residential scheme.

The homes – two-bedroom apartments across each of the first three floors and one-bedroom units on the top two floors – are bright and flexible, with generous dual living areas. Residents enjoy indoor-outdoor spaces with large terraces on the top floor and rear balconies on the lower floors. These balconies, designed as winter gardens, provide valuable year-round living spaces offering sanctuary for all seasons.

The building’s distinctive façade combines design elements from the past with contemporary fabrication methods and technologies. Here, a grid of windows and articulated arched openings retraces the order and balance of much of the area’s long-since-lost Georgian architecture while allowing for bigger windows, drawing in more light. The façade material is a new type of ‘stone’ made from the crushed and reused bricks of the original exterior into a stone-like cement composite, creating a singular, site-specific material. This mixing of past and present results in a unique texture that acts as a form of rustication, bringing visual depth and interest to the building.

Drummond Street project will complete in 2024.

Architect – Bureau de change
Structural Engineer – Engineers HRW
M&E Engineer –  Integration
Contractor –  HGG Construction
CDM – Base Solution
Planning Consultant – Maddox Associates

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