BYU centre gets makeover

The Interiors Group completes refurbishment for the London study and residential centre for Brigham Young University

The Interiors Group have successfully carried out a complete refurbishment of two inter-connecting terraced houses in Palace Court, London W2 for Brigham Young University, working with Dunbar Associates as their surveyor and project manager. 

The two late 19th Century red brick residential properties in Notting Hill provide a mixture of residential accommodation and academic facilities for students, academic staff and their families participating in the University’s London based overseas study programmes. The interior design project covered four floors plus basement and a roof garden. 

Accommodating 40 students at any one time, typically for periods of two or four months, the centre had not been refurbished since the early 1980s. The interiors, fixtures, services and finishes were therefore in urgent need of major refurbishment or replacement. 

The Interiors Group and Scott Brownrigg (architects), respecting the historical context of the building, chose furniture with decorative form and function that complemented the style of the building and the floor finishes. The walls were painted with timeless colours respecting the existing wooden panel features and decorative coving. A bespoke traditional patterned Wilton Carpet was selected and manufactured for the principal rooms and stairways. 

The interiors concept has preserved and refurbished many of the original features and transformed key spaces including the student bed rooms and bathrooms, lounge, dining room and the library. In addition, a greater range of flexible teaching and social learning spaces has been provided. 

The Interiors Group chose central pendants and wall lights for the ground floor lobby, lounge and library. 

The primary aim of the modernisation programme was to revitalise the ‘home from home’ facility to create a welcoming environment while also improving the energy efficiency of the buildings and the internal environmental conditions, particularly thermal comfort and lighting.


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