We are delighted to have secured planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of this derelict but historically interesting shop and house in the Bowes Park Conservation area in North London. The historic shopfront will be restored, the house rebuilt and with a new single storey extension at the rear we will create a super-energy efficient family home.
Clients Nick & Haley bought the building two years ago from Brian Moore who had lived in the family-run shop since the 30s. The building had collapsed around him and the shopfront was barely intact but it retained strong elements of its original character, notably a much written-about display of decaying men's underwear; the faded goods even starring in a short film.
The parade of late Victorian shops down Myddleton Road has a distinctive character and was a thriving area for shopping and business well into the ‘60s, but by the ‘80s had gone into serious decline. Gradually the street is beginning to be reborn, now recognised as an important local asset (see the excellent Butler Hegarty Report) and with a strong and active community. Next door the Step cafe and events space is much loved by locals and new businesses seem to be opening every month.
Building work will begin in the new year; follow our blog as this once-charming shell of a building is brought back to life.