Studio Moren focusing on student experience at More House
Studio Moren has received planning consent to cover a series of key amendments to its project at 19th-century More House in Kensington, London.
The revised scheme will restore and extend the building to provide contemporary purpose-built student accommodation for client SAV Group.
Situated at 51-55 Cromwell Road, close to Kensington’s, London’s art and museum centre, More House is named after St Thomas More.
The 38,000 sq ft property is in a conservation area, and will be reconfigured internally to provide a high-quality student accommodation within the constraints of the existing building envelope. Additions will include a mansard roof and extensions to the rear, with internal courtyards helping to creating a natural, relaxed atmosphere.
Studio Moren is delivering the architecture and interiors on the project, restoring its 19th-century fabric and highlighting its architectural contribution to the local area, while modernising the function of the building to extend its life.
The company has added space and improved its usability with discreet infill extensions and the restoration of hipped roofs, helping to meet the evolving demands of students. The latest planning consent includes the demotion of a mews garage for conversion to bedrooms, communal space and plant.
Sustainability has formed a major part of Studio Moren’s design, with every effort made to retain as much of the existing structure as possible in order to limit the embodied carbon emissions of the project. Additional features include plans to install a ground source heat pump that will provide the all the heating and cooling for the property, as well as PV solar panels.
Located in the Queens Gate Conservation Area, the design team has collaborated closely with heritage consultant Montagu Evans to ensure the proposal remains commensurate with the character of the surrounding area.