The project at 152–158 Strand comprises of six buildings located along the south side of the Strand adjacent to St Mary–Le–Strand Church. Located within King’s College London’s Strand Campus, two of the buildings are listed Grade II with remainder identified to be of value within the townscape and positive contributors to the Strand Conservation Area.
The original frontages record the linear development of the street which grew as the main route between the cities of London and Westminster. The current elevations are the most recent elevations of linear narrow–fronted plots that have existed for centuries on the Strand. Whilst the elevation suggests six individual buildings, internally, the buildings have been subject to a series of periodic alterations and have been eroded of their historical value. Through detailed historical research and analysis, the proposals developed from a desire to balance the need for flexible working space, with the original fabric – the main structure of the original buildings is retained and the main structural walls that have been previously removed are re–established with new lines of framed structure. The approach means that internally, the former historic plotlines are expressed through the use of retained fabric, new structure and architectural components. A series of adapted roof forms vary from plotline to plotline, re–establishing the individuality of each building.