Residential Projects

We have advised on everything from thatched cottages to the grandest of country houses and prestigious London townhouses. We have significant experience of converting historic buildings to residential use including barns, mills, hospitals, distilleries and even forts. Our landscape architect can also design landscape schemes and provide visual impact assessments.


We have worked on numerous inspirational projects in the capital involving the refurbishment and extension of listed houses. We have established a good working relationship with Conservation Officers and English Heritage.

Maida Vale, London W2

Private client

RMA Heritage was brought in to advise on development proposals for this Grade II listed villa following the refusal of an earlier scheme. We worked very closely with Zachary Pulman, a talented interior designer, to help refine his design for a very elegant glass extension, which replaced an existing smaller and unattractive Victorian style conservatory that was asymmetrically sited.  The proposals also replaced the basement staircase and restored original architectural features.  We undertook a pre-application consultation with Westminster City Council, who discouraged the proposal but our client was prepared to proceed with an application and take it to appeal if necessary.  As we expected the application was refused but we won the Appeal Hearing in February 2014.  The Inspector had no doubts about the merits of the scheme and found that its unashamedly minimalist symmetrical form reflected the purity and symmetry of the rear elevation of this Greek Revival style villa – just as we had argued.

53 Bedford Square, London WC1

Thistle & Rose Ltd.

The project involved providing conservation planning advice on replacement chimneypieces in a Grade I listed townhouse situated in London’s best-preserved Georgian Square.

The client, a specialist company who manufacture the world’s finest facsimile Adam Style timber composition chimneypieces, had been advised by London Borough of Camden and English Heritage that only marble chimneypieces would be acceptable in principal rooms. RMA Heritage undertook historic research on the development of Bedford Square and the use of timber composition chimneypieces in the 18th century and produced a detailed Heritage Significance Statement.

Thurloe Square, London SW7

Private client.

A Grade II listed townhouse built in 1843-46 to a design by George Basevi.

RMA Heritage are advising client on heritage planning issues involved in converting this prestigious six floor building from 3 duplex apartments back to a single dwelling. Working closely with Susan Walker Architects, much of the original floor plan will be reinstated together with restoration works to cornices and ironwork and new development proposals have been submitted for ground floor and 1st floor extensions. Consent granted for a ground floor extension and internal alterations and a second application for a 1st floor rear extension was approved in March 2012.

99 Park Lane, London W1

Synergy Lifestyle Ltd.

A conservation and development project for a Grade II listed townhouse originally designed by John Goldicutt in 1823. The proposals involved converting the ground and lower ground floors into a 5000 sqft maisonette and adding a glazed sunroom to rear elevation. The internal alterations included re-ordering rooms and introducing a new staircase and subterranean swimming pool.

RMA Heritage undertook historic building research and worked closely with the ADE-Architecture to produce a scheme, which retains most of the historic floor plan but introduces new contemporary elements. Produced PPS5 Heritage Significant Statement to support applications for planning permission and Listed Building Consent, which were approved October 2010.

Richmond Green, London TW9

On behalf of WGDP Ltd.

A conservation and development project for a Grade II* listed townhouse, which involved internal re-ordering of rooms and a contemporary design glass side extension.

The project took an ‘informed conservation’ approach, which involved research and on-site investigation. Provided conservation and design advice, worked closely with interior designers, Callender Howorth and negotiated a successful scheme with English Heritage and London Borough of Richmond. The scheme retains the special interest of the listed building while updating it for a 21st century family lifestyle.

Talbot Road, London W2

On behalf of WGDP Ltd.

A conservation and development project for a Grade II listed townhouse, which involved a side extension to 1st and 2nd floors and an elegant contemporary double height glass infill extension to the rear.

We undertook historic building research and pre-application negotiations with City of Westminster, worked closely with architect, Waugh Thistleton and produced the Design, Access and Heritage Statement. Achieved a successful outcome with both applications determined in 8 weeks.

Chester Street, London SW1

On behalf of WGDP Ltd.

A successful conservation and development project for a 3-storey apartment in a Grade II listed townhouse in Belgravia Conservation Area. The proposals by Found Associates involved demolition of poor quality 1st floor additions and construction of a contemporary design 3-storey glazed infill extension and a 1st floor closet wing extension. There was also extensive internal remodelling and refurbishment; including removal of a poor quality reproduction staircase and panelling, insertion of a new staircase in the closet wing and introduction of services including air conditioning and underfloor heating.


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