Redgrave Road is a late Victorian property which had not been touched for 50 years before Stuart Forbes Associates' interventions. Rather than simply knock out the dividing wall between the ground floor reception rooms creating an awkward linear space with two fireplaces in it and no natural centre to the room, a more dramatic solution was created, expanding the area of the functional living space of the house by digging an additional level into the property.
Again, rather than take the traditional route of creating a rather dark subterranean space, a spectacular double height "atrium' was built in the centre of the property. The space created by the atrium and the surrounding glass balustrade and glass skylight added to the new small rear extension ensured that the new basement area was flooded with natural light.
The views from space to space also cleverly help to unify the ground and lower ground floor spaces. The property has been widely published and has become a landmark project for basement construction in its innovative use of light and space within the confines of an existing building.