Willoughby Type90 Barbican . The brief

A one bedroom first and second floor flat, with lovely westerly views down the lake, required total renovation:

To install polished concrete or poured resin flooring.

A new kitchen staying true to the original design.

The replacement of the existing bathroom with a walk-in shower room.

The style was to be cool and contemporary with the addition of decoration and lighting to achieve this look.

The Result

To create the contemporary look, we used polished concrete floors throughout. We first needed to strip out the flat including Garchey and kitchen ventilation system, remove all wood floors and safely dispose of a damaged area of asbestos before we could lay the flooring.

For the kitchen, the clients chose to use a new Ikea range; a white, handleless door with a metal backplate highlighting the pull handle. We continued to reflect the original kitchen using bespoke stainless steel work surfaces and splash backs. We installed under cupboard LED lighting and retained the classic light positions for the Caravaggio pendant lights, both here and in the reception. This worked to create both a modern space and one that was true to the original Barbican design.

The bathroom was transformed by the removal of the bath and dark blue tiles as well as lowering the ceiling to accommodate the new downlighting. We built a stepped walk-in shower with bespoke showerscreen and Crosswater shower valves and fittings. The long double basin drawer unit is from the Ikea Godmorgon range with over mirror lighting to match. Brick type white rectangular tiles completed the architectural feel. Overall the components worked well together to achieve our goal of maximising the perception of space.

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