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9 Unique Buildings According to Gough, it will also contain “quality shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, as well as workspace, artspace, funspace. Above it, are all kinds of great apartments, flats and lofts for living, arranged around some lovely internal landscaped courtyards.” Number 17 blends traditional Edwardian architecture with new design and build – and whilst the original red-brick façade is retained at ground level, a bold and arresting zinc-clad frame will provide contrast on upper floors, where there will be a mix of one to three-bedroom apartments. Some will enjoy access to outdoor space, with all having access to communal gardens – one of which overlooks Canary Wharf and the City. There will also be a further covered shopping street in South Arcade and two residential units in the former Mitre Public House. Giris Rabinovitch, managing director of Sager Group, principal developer of Islington Square, sums up the scheme’s unique blend of traditional and contemporary style. “Islington Square is a once in a lifetime project, and it has become a very personal one. I have worked tirelessly with the architects, planners and other visionaries to deliver something truly unique – paying homage to its history but creating something that lasts for years to come,” he says. n Contemporary façades with history SITUATED in the Fitzrovia area of London, Artisan is a carefully crafted conversion spanning the upper floors of five terraced buildings. The Dukelease Properties development, now home to 13 bespoke properties, is located in a prominent position on the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road. Paul Cook, managing director of Dukelease, says: “Artisan proved both a challenging and exciting opportunity given the complexity of the site, and took no less than seven years to bring to fruition. “Previously owned by another developer for several years, they had been unsuccessful in securing planning permission, and therefore a sensitive approach was needed to take the project forward. “Given its position within the Charlotte Street Conservation Area, the site required a design that was both sympathetic to the existing buildings and complemented the current street scene. It also needed to provide a suitable design statement with the more modern buildings, given this prominent location.” Maintaining the original visual separation of the buildings, the scheme features five unique yet complimentary façades “that seamlessly weave together contemporary designs with period buildings,” says Cook. There were plans to retain one of the original façades – a Georgian brick wall. However, once works began it became clear that the frontage was unstable and it had to be removed. Recognising the architectural heritage of the building, Dukelease worked with architecture and design practice, Rolfe Judd, to create a quality reproduction of the original Georgian façade. “We worked alongside two highlyskilled specialists to create an exact replica,” explains Cook. “This required a specialised ‘tuckpointing’ method: a highly refined, timeconsuming brickwork technique, in which contrasting mortar is pressed or ‘tucked’ into a narrow groove between the bricks. “It is a method that can be seen on many of the grand houses of Bedford Square and around Fitzrovia.” With only a few experts remaining in the UK, the technique is increasingly rare in modern construction but the replica was “well-received by all,” adds Cook. So far the development has scooped the 2016 London Evening Standard New Homes Award for Best Conversion as well as the prestigious Grand Prix Award. n Pictures: Hufton+Crow

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