55 Broad Street

Old Portsmouth, Hampshire.

This charming Grade II Listed residential property lies within the Old Portsmouth Conservation Area and comprises of a substantial three storey Georgian building, believed to date back to late C18/early C19.

The property frontage comprises of a painted brickwork facade, under a plain tiled hipped roofs. At ground level, to the left is a 6 panelled door with mouldings and overlight with circular glazing pattern and reeded doorcase with flanking moulded panels forming the main entrance to the property; to the right is a sash window set in rendered architrave and surround with vermiculated keystone. A corniced band sits between the ground and first floors with bowed protrusion. At first floor level serving the lounge, is a shallow bay oriel window comprising of three12 pane sash windows with panelled strip pilasters dividing lights, frieze and modillion over. Two 12-pane sashes serve the master bedroom on the second floor. At roof level is a stone coped parapet wall masking the frontage secret guttering. To the rear is a small courtyard with part rendered and facing brickwork three storey elevations under plain tiled roofs.

The project comprised of repairing and updating various rooms within the property to today’s living standards and to introduce an additional accommodation room to create an improved functioning home.

At ground floor level, an entrance hall leads to the frontage dining room and towards the rear a kitchen, toilet room, utility/bathroom, courtyard and staircase to upper floors.

The proposal involved –

  • Updating the kitchen with new base and wall units incorporating new appliances and services;
  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware;
  • Removing an existing shower in the utility/bathroom;
  • Replacing existing damaged timber suspended floor joists and timber floorboards

with treated timber floor joists and timber floorboards to match existing.

At first floor level, the staircase landing leads to a lounge at the front of the property and to the rear are two double bedrooms and a toilet room. The landing also incorporates a staircase leading up to the second floor level.

The proposal at this level involved –

  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware;
  • The removal of a built-in cupboard within bedroom 5.

At second floor level, the landing leads to a further three double bedrooms with the rear bedroom containing an en-suite toilet room.

The proposal at this level involved –

  • The creation of a new family bathroom between bedroom 1 and bedroom 2 by

utilising floor area currently used as a store and part floor area of bedroom 2; to provide washing facilities;

  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware;
  • The existing bowed ceiling/ceiling joists over the second floor level and in particular within bedrooms 1 and 2 and store, to be either replaced or repaired.

Externally, the improvements involved –

Exterior walls:

  • Existing render finish and brickwork to be made good and re-painted, frontage (Broad Street): colour Farrow and Ball – Cooking Apple Green (32); horizontal banding and front entrance door (as indicated): colour white; rear courtyard (existing ground floor render finish): colour white. All window and external door frames and surrounds to be repaired and painted white;


  • All existing windows to be repaired and made good, where required. New windows to be as indicated on application drawings; framework colour: white.

The results, following careful negotiations with the Local Authority Conservation Officer and Planning Team at an early stage, and the aid of local highly-skilled craftsmen; has repaired and preserved this wonderful historic house for future generations to enjoy.


  • Completed.

Project Classification

  • Grade Listed-Conservation Area-Recently Completed.


  • Broad Street, Old Portsmouth. UK.

Land Designation

  • Grade II Listed Building, Old Portsmouth Conservation Area.


  • 2014-2015