Open Property surgery
It might sound dramatic, but when renovating a period property, or refurbishing a fine listed building in West London, it is much the same as opening up a geriatric patient and replacing the heart, lungs, brain and muscles, whilst trying not to wake their partner of 30 years who is sleeping right next to them.
From the outset, Buro Architects draw on many years experience and extensive knowledge of local planning requirements, listed building consents and combine this with our technical building expertise to offer clients the very best of advice when renovating period property in West London. We liaise with all relevant authorities, consultants and engineers on your behalf as well as supporting you with your neighbours, giving you the information you need to handle questions and be proactive, communicating with them in advance of renovation works starting.
Agility with confidence
When designing a luxury home with Buro Architects in West London, our extensive residential property renovation experience, “operating” exclusively within Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster boroughs allows us to make informed decisions and progress your design development on your period property whilst satisfying the planning authorities. Over half of the 140+ renovations completed over the last 20 years have been on listed buildings, some Grade II and some Grade II* listed buildings. This agility, unrivalled local experience and expertise means the construction phase of your project can often start earlier than might be possible with other period property residential architects.
Period property and licences
Luxury residential period property renovated in West London is usually Georgian, Regency, Edwardian, Victorian or a new build, taking on the appearance of one of these building styles. Laws governing how residential properties in London may be altered, renovated or refurbished are extremely specific, very strict and can at times appear rather random. There are many licences required and restrictions to consider before progressing with a renovation. The planning application itself and the process of applying for planning permissions is critical, and it is important to take time at the start of the process to plan the strategy and order in which planning applications are made, as well as exhausting any “free planning” abilities associated with your property.
Planning permission timelines
Even after a brief initial discussion with you, we are in the enviable position of knowing how local planning restrictions apply and can usually offer an accurate idea of what will or will not be permitted and how long each element of the process will take. Interested? Please do not hesitate to get in touch.