St Dunstan’s House, in the City of London’s Fetter Lane is a prestigious, high specification residential development for Taylor Wimpey in the immediate setting of the Grade I Listed King’s College Library. The scheme provides 76 luxury private apartments, a residents’ lounge and library, a landscaped courtyard in a historic setting, basement parking and concierge facilities.
Our client, Taylor Wimpey, acquired the site with the benefit of a planning consent establishing the building’s general parameters and a visual strategy. HLM’s Living and Communities team designed the building structure and organisation, working within the principles of the established visual strategy to achieve a high performing outcome for the client.
The final design solution reflects a highly thoughtful approach to contemporary architecture through the use of high-quality stone facades which reflect the character of the adjacent Listed King’s College London Library, which when seen together, creates a coherent and high quality ‘Place’.
It is evident that the high-quality architecture of the new building positively contributes to the setting of the Listed Buildings including, an enhanced public realm which improves the legibility of movement around the wider site. New, protected, high-quality amenity spaces have also been created for the new residents.
The project demonstrates HLM’s ability to design to the standards expected at the top end of London’s prime residential market, generating sales values of over £2000/ft2 .It also demonstrates how HLM were able to bring high quality and value optimisation skills, while working within the constraints of a tight programme to deliver a new S73 planning consent. HLM also brought top-level interior design skills to the common spaces, including the residents’ shared leisure amenities.