Landmark planning appeal victory on listed building ‘Witanhurst’ for ADAM Architecture
In a landmark appeal decision, planning permission has been granted for the demolition of part of early 20th Century Grade 2 star-listed property ‘Witanhurst’ and replacing it with a large new three-storey pavilion design in the style of an orangery. The Inspector considered the orangery to be ‘sympathetic with the architectural character of Witanhurst’ and ‘a scholarly response to its situation, in terms of its sitting, form, scale, composition and detail’.
Allowing the demolition of a wing of an important listed building and supporting its replacement with a new classical building is a radical decision and was supported by English Heritage. Robert Adam, Director at ADAM Architecture and architect for the new scheme commented on the appeal decision: “I am very pleased with this decision. It shows that heritage is not necessarily preserving things in aspic and that modern classical buildings can be a complement to old classical buildings."
Witanhurst, a Georgian mansion, on a 5-acre site, is the largest private house in London not owned by the Royal family. Designed by architect George Hubbard, it was built between 1913 and 1920. This property, judged to be of national historical or architectural interest, has been on the English Heritage 'Buildings at Risk’ register for 10 years and has stood vacant for 40 years.
An expert team of consultants, including Planning Potential and Landscape Architect Michael Balston, principal at Balston & Company, has worked together to produce this exemplar scheme. Camden Council refused the planning application at the end of 2009.