Faience Projects

Vicarage Gate House

Client: North Acre

Principal Contractor: John Sisk and Son

Architect: Eric Parry

Package Value: £1M

Vicarage Gate House is another of architect Eric Parry’s outstanding projects. The new building is in the heart of Kensington’s Cherry Tree conservation area and close to Kensington Palace. Szerelmey facilitated three of the building’s facades, each of which are strikingly unique.

On the Kensington Palace elevation Szerelmey installed long, hand crafted, horizontal faience “railings” to the stepped-back balconies. Continuing the faience theme, Szerelmey installed a façade of grey and white mottled faience “briquettes” using a rainscreen system with 8mm joints. The briquettes are positioned in an alternating “random” pattern with some recessed back and others projecting forward. Despite a random appearance the nature of this pattern was carefully designed.

On the final façade Szerelmey installed grand pre-cast polished bay window surrounds with acid-etched Portland precast string course above. Running around the base of the building Szerelmey installed the slate plinth.