design et al are thrilled to announce the successful shortlist for Space Design & Development in the ID&A Awards 2015 for the Regeneration Award. XXVI Old Queen Street is a magnificent Grade-II listed mansion, situated in the centre of London’s political heartland of St James’s Park, representing both one of the capital’s most historically significant properties and the pinnacle of London’s luxury design. As one of the only remaining black brick properties in London, the residence represents a uniquely significant house with an aesthetic association to the nation’s most renowned political residence – Number Ten Downing Street.
Having been converted into offices in the early 1960s, the property had been reconfigured so that the elegant Georgian dimensions and striking period features had been obscured or even entirely removed. Space Design & Development undertook a painstaking renovation to restore XXVI Old Queen Street back to a single family home, taking into account both the heritage of the property, its extraordinary surroundings discerning buyers.
Experts in historic restoration were consulted at every stage of the process, to ensure that all materials used complement the Georgian provenance of the house, with English Heritage advising on all matters of importance, even the exact shade of black that was used for the restoration of the brick facades. Internally, the home embodies the epitome of modern luxury. Spread over eight floors, the layout respects the original floor plan whist also allowing for the flexibility of space required by modern living, with the interior finishes marrying a warm and intimate home environment with grand and opulent entertaining spaces.
The restoration of XXVI Old Queen Street has been an extraordinary journey to recreate the importance of this incredible property.