165 High Rd Loughton


We handled the redevelopment of a prominent mixed-use site in the centre of Loughton, with two elements: the rejuvenation of a tired block that faces the High Road, plus the construction of a new building to the rear, housing a commercial unit on the ground floor with apartments above.

165 High Rd Loughton

What We Propose

Following our evaluation of the site, we proposed that the existing building receive a new contemporary facade treatment, as well as an additional storey.

To the rear, a new five-storey building will feature a ground-floor commercial unit, with 12 apartments above, in replacement of a car park.

The side road – currently a rather unloved street accessing the adjacent Marks & Spencer’s car park – is proposed to be rejuvenated via the addition of the new commercial unit and the high-quality apartments.

  • Location
  • Status
    Planning Approved
  • Budget

Design Features

  • To enhance the existing building fabric we will improve its appearance with a re-clad rendered wrap, encasing the panels of existing brickwork
  • Roof extension to create a better sense of balance with the building’s neighbours – stepping down from the new block at the back, but rising up to better complement the adjacent Marks & Spencer. Its style and materials will help to create and visual link between old and new
  • Minimal space wasted on circulation zones

  • All of the apartments in the rear block have balconies from the main living area

  • Placement of windows and balconies has been carefully considered to avoid overlooking and create a visually interesting facade

"The prominent location of this site presents a perfect opportunity to create a statement building on the High Road. By encouraging well-designed architecture and effectively creating an appealing "new" road out of the unkempt side-access street, we hoped that the project would bring forward a new and vibrant High Road. Old and new architecture, commercial and residential, and most of all – more people. After all, a High Road is nothing without its public."

Melanie Clear, Founder

The Existing Site