The project at 152–158 Strand comprises of six sequentially numbered 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, the buildings are identified to be of value within the townscape and Strand Conservation Area.
The original frontages record the linear development of the Strand, and include a Grade II listed building, 152–153 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, it has been identified which elements to restore and reinterpret. 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, recollecting the individuality of each building.
The proposals seek to subtly reference the past, whilst creating a scheme which is expressive and sensitive to the existing fabric. The project aims to bring a heritage asset back into active use, providing a new retail/restaurant space at ground floor, with open plan workspace to the upper floors.