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RIBA Architects D4P are proud to be working with their client Kundra Group, a dynamic commercial property investment and development company based in East London for a single stage Design and Build Project for 103-105 George Lane.

The scheme involved redeveloping the site to provide 9 self-contained apartments together with 2 commercial units on the ground floor; one will be occupied by Starbucks coffee and other by Cancer Research UK.

Architects D4P managed to obtain planning permission for the scheme by designing the building sensitively so as to follow the rhythm set by the existing building and its surroundings along the front elevation of George Lane whilst presenting a contemporary rear elevation.

D4P listened carefully to the pre application advice given by the local council’s planning department and revised their designs accordingly. In response to the amended scheme, the case officer concluded that in general, “the proposal was in keeping with predominating character and scale of the area”, helping to secure a positive outcome for their client.

The front elevation facade was designed to match the existing appearance including brickwork, brick and plasterboard detailing and arched brick lintels. In addition the windows at 1st and 2nd floor levels were designed to match the existing in style and dimensions, so as not to distract from the character of the street scene.

The reinstatement of the original apex dormer projections, a standout historic features of the terrace was designed to improve the appearance of the building and complete the prevailing rhythm of pediment dormer projections along George Lane thus emphasizing local distinctiveness to passers by.

D4P would like to thank their partners in this project, structural engineers SD Structures, and quantity surveyors and project managers Glenny LLP.

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