Boscombe Road

Architect: Fraher Architects
Location: White City, London
Completion: 2013

At first glance, a single storey, wrap-around extension seems relatively straightforward, but the design on this period property in West London squeezed a lot in and required a structural solution that was tightly integrated into the final architectural product.

Structural framing was needed to remove the side and rear walls but the existing first floor level and varying height of neighbouring structures meant that there were four different structural levels in the finished roof. One of the roof areas included a cantilevering section and another was made completely from frameless structural glass with support from structural glass walls.

The design also needed to accommodate three different foundation structures and the potential differential movement issues that occur with that.