Holwood Park Avenue, Orpington
HCUK Group was asked to look at proposals for the replacement of this detached house dating from the early-mid 1920s on the Keston Park Estate in Bromley, working with local planning firm RE Planning and March Design. Set in a landscaped and American-inspired gated conservation area, where there has been a long planning history of appeals relating to proposals for the demolition and replacement of a number of 20th century houses, the brief was not without its challenges. Our Heritage Impact Assessment acknowledged the Arts and Crafts references in the existing building as follows:
“There are some Arts and Crafts references, notably the crow-stepped chimney stack on the right hand side, the hipped roof with eaves sprockets, tile creasing at the quoins, and the fenestration. Openings on the front elevation include a double height canted bay on the gable, a shallow oriel window at first floor, a circular window to the left of the door, and an L-shaped window at first floor. The irregular spacing of these openings, and their relationship with the exposed service pipes, is typical of early 20th century houses that draw from Arts and Crafts themes.”
The London Borough of Bromley accepted our case for demolition and redevelopment, and granted planning permission in December 2020.