Tag: Southwark


An open fire box provides a new hearth to a Southwark townhouse

Grade II Refurbishment | Architects for Southwark | forrester architects

forresterarchitects recently completed a full refurbishment of a Grade II listed townhouse located in the West Square Conservation Area in South East London. The project included an interesting addition to the dining room, where the traditional fire and hearth were replaced with an open flame rotisserie.

The refurbishment aimed to retain the original charm and character of the townhouse, while enhancing the kitchen and dining space located on the lower ground floor. This area was limited in natural daylight, so the forresterarchitects had to carefully consider the materials used and the placement of features to make the most of reflected light. The addition of the open flame rotisserie to the dining room created an informal and entertaining heart of the house. The new kitchen and dining space were designed to be more appropriate for modern living, as many townhouse kitchens are too small or poorly configured. forresterarchitects took a considered approach to material choice, selecting materials that would complement the existing features of the townhouse while contributing to the desired atmosphere of the space. The result is a tasteful and practical design that maintains the townhouse’s original character while improving its functionality.

The project retains the original charm and character of the property, while enhancing the kitchen and dining space to create an inviting and functional heart of the house. Thoughtful material selection and attention to detail has resulted in a practical and beautiful space that will be enjoyed for years to come.


A view from our new loft space in South London.

New Loft Office | Architects for South London | Bermondsey

forresterarchitects has recently relocated to a loft-style penthouse office in the Bermondsey area of South London. The office is shared with interior design company Callender Howorth, and we’re excited about the possibilities this new space offers. The office is located in a former tannery, which is undergoing an extensive but thoughtful refurbishment. The building’s exposed beam ceiling and timber floors have been retained, as have its steel-framed windows.

Our new loft office is a carefully considered redevelopment of the tannery building. We’ve made sure to preserve its unique character and industrial aesthetic while also modernising the space to meet our needs. The loft-style layout allows for an open, collaborative work environment, while the large windows let in plenty of natural light and offer views of the surrounding area. We’re also excited about the opportunities that the Bermondsey area offers. Located in South London, it’s an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s home to a growing creative community. There are plenty of new restaurants, bars, and shops opening up in the area, making it an exciting place to work and explore.

Overall, our new loft office in Bermondsey is a fantastic space that’s perfect for our practice. We’re thrilled to be working in such an inspiring environment and are looking forward to all the new opportunities it brings.



Listed Building Consent for a Grade II Church in Denmark Hill.

Listed Building Consent | Architects for Southwark | Denmark Hill, South East London

forresterarchitects have recently submitted Listed Building Consent for the interior refurbishment of a Grade II Chapel. The project proposes the installation of a replacement screen within the foyer. The screen configuration will remain as the current screen, with large double doors that open onto the Lobby from the Church Meeting Room.
The newly designed foyer screen improves visibility between the Meeting Room and the Entrance Foyer. It establishes connectivity to the Chapel. Given the historical setting, the proposed screen has been designed to be a sympathetic addition. Being both carefully proportioned and made from high-quality materials, the oak frames and polished-brass detailing enhance the visual and architectural character of the vestibule.
Significantly the proposal has been designed to have a minimal impact on the existing fabric of the building. Sustainability has been considered as part of the submission. It is more difficult in historic buildings but not impossible for sensitive interventions. Previous improvements have been installed in Grove Chapel’s desire to reduce heat losses and increase the energy efficiency of the building yet retaining a welcoming appearance to visitors of the Chapel.