London Mews Houses | Architecture

London’s iconic mews houses have humble beginnings as the service areas behind the large properties of the Georgian and Victorian elites. 

Mews houses were built in the 18th and 19th century, and were originally intended to provide accommodation to servants, and stable horses. Most had a coach house and stables at ground level, with the first floor having a hayloft and accommodation for the coach driver and the ostlers. A reminder of which can be seen in the cobbled and brick streets and drain down the centre of the road to take away waste from the horses. 

As stable use declined, and the popularity of cars increased, many were converted into garages and workshops. Further on, residential conversions began with the first known undertaken in 1908 in Street Mews, Mayfair. A new housing trend was born leaving few mews properties untouched.

Today, mews houses are being tastefully restored to provide everything required for modern living. They have become renowned as a place for innovative and modern architecture. 

Prime Architecture has been privallged enough to have worked on a number of these mews houses. With our office based in Parsons Green, we bring together the collective experience of a team of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Builders, and Project Managers who have successfully designed, managed and built projects in London for over 30 years.

Our expertise lies in high end residential projects, and have worked on some of London’s most historic properties previously. We have a particular specialism in the restoration and redevelopment of listed buildings in London, inclduing Caxton Hall and the Old Westminster Library

Kensington and Chelsea Mews | Prime Architecture

Kensington and Chelsea Mews

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Queens Gate Mews

This recently completed project is our fourth project carried out in Queens Gate Mews, near Hyde Park, SW7. The works included the construction of a new single storey basement. A lightwell was created at the front of the building, and a secondary lightwell with a rooflight to the rear,  to allow natural light into the new living space at basement level.

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The mews house was stripped back to ‘brickwork’ and a full house renovation was carried out. This included amending the floor levels to better utilise the floor to ceiling heights, the creation of a new feature glass staircase, with new access provided onto a landscaped roof terrace through a sliding glass floor.  

 

Elsewhere, underfloor heating was installed under engineered oak flooring, with air conditioning provided throughout. Bespoke joinery units were designed for the newly formed living areas, with fitted wardrobes to the bedrooms.  A contemporary marble clad bathroom formed the master en-suite at 1st floor level.