MCR Property Group has submitted a revised planning application to transform Feltham Magistrates’ Court into new homes. This locally-listed, Victorian structure was built in 1902 to serve as Feltham Town Hall, then used as a court from 2013-2016.
In light of plans originally submitted in December 2018, which sought to part-demolish the original Magistrates’ building, a public consultation obtained comments from London Borough of Hounslow Council and the Victorian Society. Specifically, these focused on the retention of the building’s original elements and its interaction with the local Conservation Area.
In response, MCR Property Group and AJ100 design practice, rg+p revised the planning application with a proposal to fully convert the existing building into a mixed-tenure residential development providing 28 homes.
The new scheme will see the preservation of key historic elements of the Magistrates’ Court to create in total:
- two studios
- nine one-bedroom, 13 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments
- a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom maisonette.
The refurbished Magistrates’ Court will comprise 17 of these apartments, alongside two new-build elements comprising nine apartments and the two maisonettes, respectfully designed to enhance the local Conservation Area. Residents of rear-facing apartments will benefit from views towards communal green space. Eight on-site car parking spaces will be available, including two for electric vehicles; alongside 51 cycle spaces.
The site is situated on Hanworth Road in the heart of Feltham, accessible by two roads. It sits approximately 300 metres from a mainline railway station providing regular services into London Waterloo, while Heathrow Airport and the M25 motorway are also in close proximity.
Chris Taylor, asset manager at MCR Property Group, said: “Our revised plans for Feltham Magistrates’ Court directly respond to calls to preserve the entirety of this much-loved Victorian landmark. We believe our new vision for this site honours its historical nature, while bringing forward the best mix of high quality housing to meet demand in the area.
“Feltham is a well-established commuter hotspot, with unrivalled travel links directly into the city and to Heathrow Airport, a major contributor to the town’s economy. This will be a much-sought-after community for first-time buyers, professionals and families.”
Grant Giblett, director at rg+p, added: “Responding sensitively to the character of the area, our proposal emphasises the existing building’s fenestration rhythm, scale and style whilst also embracing the local material palette and brick bond. Existing internal features, including a tiled hexagonal entrance hall, feature doors and fireplaces, will all be retained.
“The overall appearance of the new development is designed to be high quality, offering an architectural aesthetic that combines traditional character with contemporary detailing. The varied mix of properties will help establish a vibrant new community and a sense of place for residents, all enhanced by new landscaping and tree planting.”
Jan 20th, 2020