As a construction company based in London, we were delighted to work on an exciting residential construction project just a short walk from our Shoreditch offices in which we also acted as the developer. Jerram Development’s project is situated on Cremer Street adjacent to the Museum of the home in Hoxton in the London Borough of Hackney. The scheme comprised the refurbishment of the former Marquis of Lansdown public house and a new four-storey building adjacent.
The existing public house listed building has been stabilised, retained and refurbished with a part demolished and re-built at the rear. The entire ground floor (apart from a communal entrance hall to the flats) and a small basement will comprise a museum café with ancillary space and this has been given back to the Geffrye Museum on a 999 year lease). The shop-front and sash windows have been reconstructed by Falkus Joinery in their Shoreditch workshop, based on old photographs, in keeping with the Victorian style of the 1830s and early 1840s. Much of the brickwork has been painstakingly cleaned and retained.
The new build contemporary block comprises 2 x two-bedroom, four-person units for each of the three residential floors. Our design team worked hard to ensure that all of the apartments benefit from an open-plan living room, bespoke kitchen, and views of either the city or the museum’s new entrance. The added advantage of the development scheme is generating much-needed revenue to enable the museum to remain free to visit. Transformation of the museum has been part-funded by; Jerram Developments’ acquisition, the National Lottery Fund, public and philanthropic donations, with £500K still to be raised. Donations can be made through the museum website www.museumofthehome.org.uk.
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