Latest from site in Southwark
Work moves forward on the construction of our bronze clad apartment block in St Georges Road, Southwark. Here are some pictures from site. An earlier news post can be found here and the project can also be found in our project pages here along with a PDF download
Its only a shed….(but its a nice one)
You can never have too many sheds... and they need not necessarily only be enjoyed by men in their 60's. Here is Hebe, aged 3, enjoying her (father's) new workshop. The Telegraph has announced the Shed of the Year We didn't enter ours but the shortlist prompted a few more photos after it was completed. The shed is a wonderful place to be. After a break in construction during the winter (see here for the News post), the workshop was finished in spring 2013. Dezeen Article PDF Download: Nearing Completion Winter 2013 PDF Download: Completed Workshop
Camden to Venice (Little): Our Christmas Party
Three years ago we made it to Venice for our office Christmas outing. News Post Here. This year we made it to Little Venice via canal boat from Camden Lock.
Basement under garden of Listed Villa in Holland Park
Forming part of a comprehensive refurbishment project, here are some progress photos of a basement that we are building under the garden of a Listed Regency Villa in Addison Avenue, Holland Park. PDF Download here
Student visit to our offices
In October 1991, Ben was an enthusiastic 19yr old embarking on his 1st year degree at Birmingham School of Architecture. His tutor, Keith Clarke, was equally enthusiastic, much wiser and significantly taller. 22 years on and these differentials remain and it was lovely to host Keith and his current crop of lively students for an afternoon at our new offices. We discussed many of the projects that we are currently working on and we enjoyed being challenged on the detail (says Ben recalling a long conversation about the position and species of a tree).
Let demolition commence!
Bonfire night and the RDA team made a final visit to the shingle for a final supper hosted by our wonderful and enthusiastic clients, Pauline and David.
Construction underway for apartment block in Southwark
Last year we were successful in obtaining a revised planning consent for a new-build block of apartments on a prominent corner site in Southwark. Building work is now well underway with completion due in Spring 2014.
Basements: the proposed changes in Westminster
Rodic Davidson Architects work on many projects involving the creation of a new basement whether this be single storey, two stories or on occasion, three stories deep. We currently have a number of projects in Westminster, RBKC and Camden which incorporate a new basement, with each Local Authority taking a different planning policy approach. Notably, Westminster differs from RBKC in that it is still possible to achieve consent for basement development underneath the footprint of a listed building. The RBKC Subterranean Development SPD adopted in 2009, removed the right of homeowners to build a basement under the footprint of a listed building (but still allowed basement development in the garden of a listed building, subject to strict criteria). Indeed, and unlike RBKC, Westminster have not, to date, adopted a specific basement policy. This position is changing and Westminster is now reviewing its policies regarding residential basements. In early 2013, Westminster…
Change of Use from Office to Residential – Exempt Areas
The government has, today, released details of the areas which have been granted exemption from the office to residential permitted development rights coming into force on May 30th 2013. Seventeen councils have been granted exemptions from the rules in specified areas with the The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The City of London receiving borough-wide exemption. The Central Activities Zone (CAZ) has also received exemption. Download map here. The CAZ spans north and south of the river and the maps showing the location of the exempted area can be downloaded by clicking on the borough names: Camden City of London Hackney Islington Lambeth Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Southwark Council Tower Hamlets Wandsworth Council Westminster City Council
New HMO accommodation in Kensington
The first phase of our project to develop 29 high quality small HMO apartments is nearing completion. Working with The London Planning Practice / Savills as Planning Consultants, we successfully obtained Planning Consent for a land use swap utilising a property owned by our clients elsewhere in the borough. The new apartments, when complete, will be available for rent.
A new house on the shingle in Dungeness
We will shortly be submitting a detailed planning application for a new house in Dungeness. Here is a sneak preview image...
RBKC basement consultation commences
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is proposing stricter planning rules for basement extensions. The proposed changes were put to public consultation today. RBKC press release, titled 'council calls time on iceberg houses' is available here. Three significant proposals are: 1. An outright ban on basements under, or in the gardens of, listed buildings. 2. A restriction to single storey (the exception only being for large, comprehensive developments). 3. A reduction in the extent that basements can extend into the garden (a reduction from 85% to 50%). The consultation paper also confirms that RBKC is considering introducing ‘Article 4 Directions’ to restrict permitted development rights that currently allow basement development without express planning permission from the Council. This would mean a number of basement schemes requiring planning permission that are currently exempt. The consultation document is available for download here.
Olive Tree craned onto roof
We have reached the final stage of our refurbishment of a former Artist's studio in Chelsea, SW3 - an Olive tree is craned over the roof of the house to the rear roof terrace. Two cameras - one strapped to the tree and the other hand-held. Click below to watch video (or here to open new window)
Garden studio nears completion
We have been working on an office studio at the end of a long garden. Two buildings have been designed. Both are timber framed and very light. The larger studio building is very highly insulated (using 150mm Cellotex combined with Super Tri-Iso) and incorporates a super efficient air-source heat pump. Calculations indicate that the annual heating bill will cost less than £21 in electricity costs. The building is wrapped with a black timber rain screen over a complete wrapper of a rubber membrane for water-proofing. The rain screen is low-cost tanalised softwood, usually used for roofing. Click for PDF Download with further pictures of the building work.