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The Spanish Ambassador’s Residence SW1



The Ambassador’s residence is a five storey, Georgian town house that had been used as a nursery and then left empty for a decade. The contract brief was to create two high specification, de luxe apartments suitable for contemporary living, while still retaining what original features remained in this listed building.

All the 1960s modifications that had helped convert the building into a nursery were removed. Significant amounts of structural steelwork were inserted into the building’s fabric so that the modern, open plan design could be realised. The steelwork was supported by new, piled foundations in the basement. It was installed in such a way as to be invisible in the finished product. The rear of the building was extended and a three storey curtain wall erected in place of the original rear wall.

Specialist craftsmen were employed to restore the original fibrous plasterwork and to create new sections where the original was missing or damaged. The floors were renewed throughout using 22mm solid oak that was finished in situ.

A complete new mechanical and electrical installation was provided as part of the project. Kitchens, bathrooms and the old roof were all renewed, and the external elevations were fully restored to their original condition.