East Dulwich – Creative & compliant remodelling

Several years previously work had been carried out in the basement and ground floor of the property without Building Control sign-off.

Under the direction of Catriona Rowbotham Architecture, Hyssop Project delivered a solution that was compliant with building regulations and made creative use of the space available.

A new office

Within the ground-floor hall, a new office space was created by installing a 3.4m-high partition with a laminated glazing panel above and 2.5m a sliding glazed door. The office included:

  • Two bespoke pigeon holes and a storage cupboard with a polythene epoxy resin finish.
  • A work station supported by designer steel-frame trestles.
  • Floating shelving between the pigeon holes formed from softwood.

A safer space

For fire safety, we incorporated a timber fire screen and fitted a glass and timber fire door at the ground staircase level.

To comply with Building Control requirements, a PIR light sensor was fitted in the wall at the top of the stairs so that the lighting in the stairwell automatically illuminated as the glazed fire door was opened at ground-floor level, and when entering the stairwell from the basement.

It was also essential to provide a means of escape from the basement through two windows to the front of the house. To make best use of the available space, Hyssop formed a day bed kiddies’ storage space under seating in this area, and also built a ‘day bed’ from 24mm birch ply in the basement.


After completion of all works, the property was awarded Building Control approval.