Carefully reinstating the north facade of the west wing of the Listed Building and allowing the whole of the North-West facade to be fully appreciated again, in the context of a much enhanced landscape proposal immediately adjacent to the Listed Building but also in the wider site has been one of the major considerations of this proposal.
Demolishing the existing extension and separating the proposed extension from the Listed Building, apart from a link at basement level, is of great benefit to the Listed Building. The high quality of the proposed architecture and detailing ensures that the extension sits harmoniously with the Listed Building and enhances their overall appearance as a group.
The replacement extension has been designed to be subservient to the Listed Building, not only in its size and height, but also in the way it has been detailed. The appearance of the proposed extension is deliberately contemporary, to distinguish between historic and new, complementing the Listed Building without challenging it. The separation between the Listed Building and the Extension allows views to the South-West Landscape which are enhanced by the proposed stepping of the South-West Elevation.
In light of the complex inter-relationships between Green Belt, Conservation, Heritage and Design, whilst respecting the significance of Harefield Place and its history, WaM have developed and detailed a proposal which will preserve the openness and visual amenity of the Green Belt and bring this important asset for Hillingdon back into viable use.