Carmelite Monastery, Barnet
Client: Berkeley Homes
This locally listed suburban monastery from 1908 had stood vacant for several years, within a large walled garden. We worked closely with Berkeley Homes, Savills Planning & Regeneration and the architects BHP Harwood, advising on how to optimise the development potential of the site while respecting the character and setting of the original building, as required by national and local heritage policies. The local authority had favoured demolishing the detached gate lodge to improve access to new houses proposed within the large back garden. However our research into its historic significance allowed us to argue successfully that the lodge should be retained within an amended scheme, thereby enhancing the overall value of the site. We prepared an illustrated Heritage Statement justifying the design approach to the site, helping the Application to gain consent in late 2011.