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Queens, Bishopsbridge Road, Derwent London
Client: Derwent London
Architect: Stiff & Trevillion
We were appointed to undertake a sensitive renovation of an art deco cinema into 22 luxury apartments over 5 floors.
The property was originally constructed as a cinema, and has been converted to restaurant use in the latter part of the 20th century. The building has been divided with a suspended ceiling to create a ground floor restaurant space [now disused]. The void above is used for plant and ductwork.
The proposal demolishes the shell of the old cinema and retains the façade to Bishop’s Bridge Road. Whilst not listed it is felt that there is some merit in the Art Deco styling, and that careful internal planning would allow its retention.
The ground floor retains retail use to the front for furnishers 'Heal's and entrance to apartments to the rear. The upper levels are finished to high end private residential standard. Each has its own access with stair and lift from Queensway. The massing of the new building has been informed by the surrounding buildings, with more volume on the western Queensway elevation and set backs on the eastern Pickering Mews elevation. The building further sets back at high level to reduce the visual bulk and retains the masonry base of the original cinema.