The Jerram Development’s project is situated Cremer Street adjacent to the Museum of the home in Hoxton in the London Borough of Hackney. The scheme comprised both 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 houses two two-bedroom, four-person units for each of the three residential floors. All apartments benefit from an open-plan living room, bespoke Falkus Joinery 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.