This development involved the renovation of an existing locally-listed Victorian property in Cardiff City’s popular Cathedral Road. An extensive new-build three-storey extension was added to the rear, providing 20 new luxury city centre apartments (1 x one-bed apartment and 19 x two-bed apartments).
Located within the Cathedral Road Conservation Area, characterised by large stone-fronted buildings and containing some of the best examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in Wales, the project demanded sensitive, high-quality architecture.
The design reflects a detailed and progressive dialogue with the Local Planning Authority and local conservation groups and represents a distillation of issues raised during the pre-planning consultation. Particular care in the design and detailing of the existing property was taken in order to satisfy stringent requirements and expectations.
The building façades provide an appropriate balance between a contemporary approach to the new build extension, using traditional materials in a manner that is deferential in scale to the existing house. The limited number of materials (brickwork, render and zinc cladding) employed in the proposals respect the muted colour hues of the existing house. Nevertheless, a white render is used in accent areas as a deliberate contrast and to invigorate the elevations.