Green Dragon House, Covent Garden, London

This £2.2m new-build housing development, the first car-free scheme in London, contains extensive landscaping and roof gardens. An integral element of the design is the decorative metalwork which ensures a high level security of in an attractive and humane manner. This level of careful detailing and design enjoyment is a characteristic of our work. The design and construction was not only constrained by the restricted size of the site and access to it, but also by the fact that it was a mere 12m above the designated route of Crossrail. The site is also within a designated archaeological priority area and a full archaeological exploration was undertaken by the Museum of London. Complex constraints were placed on the design as a consequence of rights of light, party-wall and boundary wall considerations. Being attached to a listed building (HolbornTown Hall), full listed planning permission was required.

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