William Gaitskell House, Rotherhithe

A bold extension to a South London Regency town house which rejuvenates, and enlivens this formidable, listed building.

William Gaitskell House is a Grade II listed Regency era town house dating from 1814. Subsequently extended and used as a Police Station from 1836-1965, and from then on as offices, the house is one of the few structures within the neighbourhood to survive the blitz of the Second World War. The scale and setting of the new extended elements are sympathetic to the original building, the aim being to create a subservient yet confident relationship between the old and new structures. Internally, the rundown and dated office accommodation has been rationalised, restored, and refurbished to create new apartments.

The house’s original interior partitions and features had been removed during the 1970’s. Burwell Architects re-introduced the historic room hierarchies, with free standing kitchens sitting within the new historic setting, and discretely integrating modern services into the new fabric. A new external staircase provides access to the apartments located within the police station annex.

The new facades utilise a combination of dark brickwork together with yellow/gold aluminium to create a framing system to provide an underlying order to the composition. The dark brick was chosen to allow continuity of texture and material within the context of a confident, contemporary composition.

Project Team

Client: Holybrook Homes

Lead Architect: Burwell Architects

Structural Engineers: Barret Mahoney

Services Engineers: Serviceplan

Archaeology: MoLA

Transport & Flood Risk: Mayer Brown

Fire Engineer: Hoare Lea

Daylight & Sunlight: Point

Sustainability: BBS

Planning Consultant: Rolfe Judd

Project Data

Construction: 2016-18

GIA: 1,300 sqm

Form of Contract: Design and Build