The Blockmakers Arms

 

Conversion of a Grade II listed former pub,

Hackney, London

 

 

The Blockmakers Arms is a mid-nineteenth century former public house, situated in the Regents Canal Conservation Area of Hoxton.

 

The client brief called for the amalgamation of ground and first floor to form a generous five-bedroom duplex while retaining the independence of the existing second floor apartment.

 

As part of the previous conversion of the pub to residential use, an external stair to the upper floors had been added to the rear façade. In order to improve the visual and physical connection of the proposed ground floor living spaces with the courtyard, the external stair is relocated to the side passage. It leads to a raised walkway which extends along the rear façade and connects to the historic staircase. The resulting ground floor loggia with solid masonry columns forms a sheltered space and offers a layer of privacy from the neighbours.

 

The use of solid brick forms a coherent language with the historic side and rear elevations. Pigmented precast concrete cills and copings complement the brickwork. The unifying material palette forms a clear and structured termination to the row of Georgian houses, without detracting from the ornate front façade.

 

At first floor level, a former sitting room with original timber panelling, window reveals and fire places is restored to form a generous master bedroom with direct access to the front roof terrace. A new internal staircase with a large window overlooking the trees as well as further bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the new side and rear volumes.

 

The scheme gained Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent in 2019. It is currently under construction and due to be completed in December 2020.

 

 

The Blockmakers Arms

 

Conversion of a Grade II listed former pub,

Hackney, London

 

 

The Blockmakers Arms is a mid-nineteenth century former public house, situated in the Regents Canal Conservation Area of Hoxton.

 

The client brief called for the amalgamation of ground and first floor to form a generous five-bedroom duplex while retaining the independence of the existing second floor apartment.

 

As part of the previous conversion of the pub to residential use, an external stair to the upper floors had been added to the rear façade. In order to improve the visual and physical connection of the proposed ground floor living spaces with the courtyard, the external stair is relocated to the side passage. It leads to a raised walkway which extends along the rear façade and connects to the historic staircase. The resulting ground floor loggia with solid masonry columns forms a sheltered space and offers a layer of privacy from the neighbours.

 

The use of solid brick forms a coherent language with the historic side and rear elevations. Pigmented precast concrete cills and copings complement the brickwork. The unifying material palette forms a clear and structured termination to the row of Georgian houses, without detracting from the ornate front façade.

 

At first floor level, a former sitting room with original timber panelling, window reveals and fire places is restored to form a generous master bedroom with direct access to the front roof terrace. A new internal staircase with a large window overlooking the trees as well as further bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the new side and rear volumes.

 

The scheme gained Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent in 2019. It is currently under construction and due to be completed in December 2020.

 
The Blockmakers Arms in the 1970s

 
The Blockmakers Arms in the 1970s

 
Proposed garden view

 
Proposed garden view

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Construction works in Spring 2020

 
 

 
Master bedroom