John Street

16,000 Sq ft

We restored this neglected office block in Bloomsbury back to its original purpose as housing, creating fifteen high specification homes within the Grade II listed building.

Our client, developer GFZ Ltd, appointed Cousins & Cousins as architects specialising in listed buildings. Over time, the building had been adapted and changed without consideration to its location and history: to address this, we married the traditional architecture with contemporary detailing, retaining the Georgian façade and adding a new light-weight roof extension. Our design respects the surrounding streetscape, and sits in harmony with its surroundings, while the new apartments within set a high standard for homes in the area. Sustainable features ensured that the development achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

Cousins & Cousins have built up a fantastic practice over the years which sets them apart from the run of the mill offering, being very design led but also forward thinking in its outlook.’ 

– Noel Leonard, GFZ Ltd

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