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Camden Park Road

  • client
  • Private Client
  • contract value
  • £1,500,000
  • date
  • 2018
  • sector
  • Private Residential
  • location
  • London
  • contact
  • Neil Davies

Chislehurst has a rich and interesting recorded history going back over a thousand years. A peculiar aspect is that it appears to consist of four separate 'villages' within it’s Parish: The High Street, north of the Commons, Royal Parade to the south, Mill Place to the west and the settlement along Old Perry Street to the east.

When the railway arrived in 1865 the first major building boom came with it. Wealthier people could now afford to pay an architect, resulting in many fine houses. An added influence was the French Imperial family living at Camden Place off Camden Park Road. Many people, especially courtiers, came into exile with them and needed housing. Queen Victoria and her family visited Camden Place and suddenly, during the 1870s, Chislehurst became a fashionable place to live.

Within this eclectic mix of properties Rayner Davies were commissioned to design a replacement dwelling to provide a modern, light and spacious five-bedroom house.

Situated on a gated private road and surrounded by detached houses of varying size and architectural style, from Neo-Georgian to ‘rat-trad.’ late twentieth century dwellings, the proposal aims to provide a punchy contrast and a positive contribution to the tree-lined roadside . The split-level mono-pitch design sets out to be imaginative, attractive, contemporary and functional. There is a more restrained formality to the front of the house, with a greater use of textural brick to unify and create breadth either side of a defining central double height glazed entrance. To the rear, the palette pairs render and brickwork, interfaced with powder-coated aluminium, hardwood screening and glass fronted balconies over 3 levels providing a façade open to and interlinked with a series of terraces (and pool) cut into the landscape.