Marion Close

Location: Cambridge UK
Scope: Extension and re-modelling
Size: 2,500 sq. ft
Services: Architectural Services , Design , Project Management ,

Alium were appointed as Principle Designer on this domestic project in a quiet residential street in North Cambridge. The clients were a professional couple who both worked in design and who liked to entertain. They had strong design ideas and challenged Alium to create a modern, flexible, yet comfortable living space. The house was a 1950’s detached residence that was remodelled with a 1930’s style modernist extension to the rear. This incorporated large glazed doors and windows that could be opened the entire width of the main house. Following a competitive tender process Alium worked closely with the contractor to ensure a high level of finish throughout the scheme. 

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Alium returned again to the property a couple of years later when the client decided to remodel the main sitting room and adjacent study to form a single large reception room. This involved removal of the main load bearing wall and chimney breasts between the two rooms as well as recreating a new working fireplace. This was also to be undertaken while retaining the chimney breasts and stacks in the rooms above. The work involved inserting two steel beams through the main house wall before jacking them up and onto new structural piers. These were introduced without any discernible interruption of ceiling or wall plains and prior to the relaying of a new oak floor.

More recently Alium have carried out another project to convert the previously uninhabitable basement into a play and storage area. Following the relocation of incumbent services the room was tanked and dry-lined with a new floor that provided the requisite fall for a new tank and pump system cut into the existing concrete slab. New mechanical ventilation and services were installed prior to the installation of a drop-down desk and work area, wardrobe storage, box-seating and matching acoustic panelling and a new oak staircase with pull out storage.


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