Contemporary Architect Project: Elm Grove Road, Ealing 

Contemporary Architect Project – The Gunn team has recently been working on the designs of two three-storey, detached homes comprising 4no. bedrooms all with en-suite, kitchen/dining/sitting room, drawing room, utility room, laundry room with chute, office, off-street parking, and garden. 

Our client bought the site with the benefit of planning permission, and we quickly discovered that the development was not feasible to construct. We undertook to make alterations to the design to allow its construction and to make improvements.  

The result is two large homes; contemporary and appropriate in their context. The large windows allow plenty of light into the homes. The ground floor is designed to provide an impressive entrance, off which is the formal entertaining or drawing-room. The more relaxed kitchen, dining, and family room overlook the garden. Each house has an entrance at the front and another at the side, giving easy access to the utility room and kitchen. 


The bedrooms are all large with fitted wardrobes and en-suites, with the main bedroom floor also having a laundry room with chute to the utility room below. The top floor accommodates the master suite, with a large en-suite, fitted wardrobe and impressive views of the garden. 

Client: Cantata Properties 

Architect: Gunn Associates 

Structural Engineer: Jonsyn 

MEP Engineer: MEPRO 

Construction costs: £1.1 million 

Status: Due for completion Summer 2022. 

Gross Internal Area: 2,700 sq.ft. per house. 

 Elm Grove Road, Ealing Architect

We are working with Cantata Properties on other projects and are looking forward to a busy 2022 with them. 

Duncan Gunn said: 

“Over the years I have been asked to add value to developments that my clients have purchased already with planning consent. It is something I have always enjoyed doing in my practice, as we can tailor the development design and specification to our client’s needs; however, on more occasions, than we’d like, we are handed consented schemes that are simply not buildable. This puts us into a position of catch-up with our developer clients, when they, perfectly reasonably, want to avoid delays and get on-site asap. The result of buying a site with an unbuildable planning consent is not only delays and the potential for compromise, but also the risk that the Local Planning Authority may not allow the alterations needed in order to build.” 

Check out Duncan’s article on Linkedin on five aspects that you should look to consider when purchasing land with consent.  

We work with developers and land-owners to maximise the potential of their sites. The developments range from 9 units to upwards of 50 units, and often include areas of other uses such as commercial, retail, and F&B. We have excellent working relationships with a range of trusted consultants and suppliers and can advise on all aspects of these developments; from feasibility stage through to completion. We have developed an efficient and accurate site viability programme to assist developers and landowners evaluate their sites and this is offered at feasibility stage. 


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