Margery Street

Margery Street, London WC1

This is a tight urban site with unusual constraints. An underground railway tunnel passes directly beneath the site which is partially occupied by a Victorian Steam train vent shaft. The shaft could not be removed for logistical reasons, and the already constrained site was further restricted by the need to off set any construction 1m from the shaft. Ralph Cooley, whilst a director at Ramsden and Partners, steered the design through two planning applications, one which saw a 4-storey building approved, and a further approval was given for a fifth storey. The project completed on site in Spring 2011 and all apartments are now sold.

Client: Sond Construction

Structural Engineer: Jenkins and Potter