Conversion of the Crystal Palace Underground Public Toilets
Renovation and conversion of a derelict underground public toilet site in Crystal Palace into a subterranean single bedroomed dwelling
The former Underground public toilets, built in 1929 were redundant for over thirty years. I saw an opportunity to buy and redevelop them, so I approached Lambeth Council. It took several years to overcome the legalities of purchasing such a property, and during this time the redevelopment concept had mutated from an art space to residential.
As the developer, I worked as the architect, client and contracted all trades. Careful value engineering and simple detailing were key to transforming this unlikely site into a contemporary home. All finishes were carefully chosen and details designed to ensure a unique bespoke feel. Floating shelves flow down the interior spine wall. These are a key design and display feature as well providing practical storage. The courtyard garden has been planted with evergreen shrubs and ferns
The original entrances have been re-rendered with the iron work and soil stack being retained, renovated and reused. Overall, the micro-regeneration of this site has successfully enhanced the parade and given new life to a long abandoned site.
- Begun: Oct 2011
- Completed: Mar 2012
- Floor area: 57m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £68,000
- Funding: Self Funded
- Tender date: May 2011
- Procurement: Self Developer - Direct Subcontracting
- Address: The Former Underground Toilets, 9 Crystal Palace Parade, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1UA, United Kingdom