Leytonstone Road is the renovation and refurbishment project of a two storey Local Authority youth hostel which was converted into habitable flats for sale. Accessed off the High Street, the property was nestled in the court yard of other Local Authority buildings. The yellow-brick building contrasted with the other red-brick ones throughout the premises, and this created a platform to deliver a new piece of architecture. Existing plans were drawn up with areas to be demolished shown in red, while other carefully annotated drawings identified every new material or element to be installed.
The proposed scheme created two flats on the ground floor and a third on the first floor. All flats were accessed from a ground floor lobby leading in from the external door then to the individual unit doors. The accommodations were all self-contained one-bedroom units with redesigned floor plans to suit modern day contemporary living. New kitchen, bathroom and bedroom facilities had been re-designed taking care to keep costs down by re-using existing underground plumbing and drainage systems. The stairs and many existing partitions were demolished in order to create the new layouts, while new door and window openings were proposed in order to fulfil the contemporary living brief. However thought was given to ensure that openings met both light and emergency egress requirements.
New Planning regulations meant that both thermal and acoustic treatment was needed on the walls of the proposed flats and this ensured that sound transfer between units were to acceptable standards and that energy consumption was kept low. Space was no doubt at a premium, so each unit had cleverly designed storage areas.