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Chris Dyson Architects

Chris Dyson Architects

London, UK


Chris Dyson Architects - The Sekforde

Chris Dyson Architects

Full restoration of a Regency period pub, and the building of a new mixed use building adjacent, with a glazed link containing circulation for both buildings creating a clear divide between the old and new.

Photographs by

Peter Landers

Photo of the restored pub and new mixed use building

Photo of the restored pub and new mixed use building 

Photo of the new mixed use building

Photo of the new mixed use building 

Photo of the restored pub

Photo of the restored pub 

Photo of the bar area

Photo of the bar area 



Photo of the pub before

Photo of the pub before 

The existing pub had been altered during the inter war era, when the original brickwork was covered with an unsympathetic cement based white painted render, and the original shopfront was replaced with unsightly yellow tiles. CDA’s proposal sought to remove the render and expose the original brickwork, and restore the ground floor with a beautiful wood grain shopfront.
As well as this, CDA were commissioned to design a new 3 storey mixed use building adjacent to the historic pub, which features a dramatic brick point. CDA were successful in gaining planning permission for this element, which had not been achieved prior to CDA's involvement.
This new build uses traditional brick decorative features such as gauged brick arches, alongside more contemporary proportions. Separating the old and new is a clear glazed link, which also contains circulation for the top floors of both elements of the development.

Many of the restored spaces within the historic pub building such as the Ballroom at first floor level, and basement Function Room allow the pub to host a variety of users, from bar and restaurant functions, to private events, debates and concerts in atmospheric and intimate spaces. While the new build is capable hosting short stay accommodation as well as containing office space. This flexibility and variety of uses was an essential part of the client’s brief from the beginning of our appointment in late 2013, something which CDA have successfully integrated seamlessly into the overall design.

Word from the architect

CDA developed a rigorous design across both the new build and restoration elements of the project. This was done in close collaboration with the client, and through extensive consultations both with the local council’s conservation department and local residents and community groups. This process was particularly successful in gaining planning permission for the new three storey mixed use building on a vacant site adjacent to the pub.