Early 2014 ZSTa were appointed as the project architect in the conversion of a listed building at St Stephens House, Borough Street, Brighton. Converting from disused offices into 4 luxury duplex apartments over three floors. The building, originally built in 1895, is Grade II listed and within the Clifton Hill Conservation Area.
The Design concept was to restore and enhance the exteriors original character of the historic building and keep external alterations to a minimum. Inside the renovations focused on reinstating original features to avoid a fake traditional design which would lack any historical provenance.
The duplex apartments boast open galleries which prevent floors from cutting across the ground floor front windows and to allow for higher ceilings behind them and also to enable the historic roof trusses to be partially visible from below.
It was important to ensure the renovation of the front of the building enhanced the historic street scene of Borough Street. The entrance door of the building was reinstated to its original 1895 design and the front had no flues, vents, grills pipes of meters added so that the residential conversion would have no visual impact on the street scene.
ZST architects enjoyed a site visit to admire this sympathetically restored historically building which is providing 4 high-quality luxury duplex apartments with bespoke features throughout.