Highgate Church


The brief was to redevelop an 18th Century church on Highgate Hill, London, into 14 luxury apartments, including a stunning and quirky penthouse.

The site had already been granted planning permission to transform the local landmark into luxury dwellings. Clear Architects were asked by the developer to re-evaluate and improve the design to make better use of the space and the building’s aesthetics.

Highgate Church

What We Did

We ensured the rejuvenation of the church’s beautiful original exterior, including significant stonework and restoration of the roof (which was absent at the start of project).

The large-scale tracery (Gothic-style) windows were restored and incorporated sensitively into this commercial development. This ensured the exterior detailing was returned to its former glory, while concealing the light and modern window frames behind.

  • Location
    Highgate Hill, London, N6
  • Size
    1,300 square meters
  • Status
    Completed April 2013
  • Cost
    £2.7 million

Design Features

The entire internal layout was reconfigured, including creating an entire new floor to the penthouse, establishing a snug/study and en-suite possible to the master bedroom.

We introduced a three-storey glazed link to contain the lift to the apartments, including the penthouse.

We inserted balconies between the original stone buttresses, with glass balustrades to retain the original features of the church.

Below these were small original gardens, parcelled for each flat.