55 Broad Street

Old Portsmouth, Hampshire.

A charming Grade II Listed building set within the Old Portsmouth Conservation Area. The three-storey Georgian residential building is substantial, dating back to around late C18/early C19. Furthermore, this location represents some of the finest architecture found in the Conservation Areas of Portsmouth. Our task was set, to obtain a Listed Building Consent in a Conservation Area for works to a house requiring immediate attention.

Property Description

The front of the property consists of a painted brickwork facade, under a plain tiled hipped roof. On the ground level, to the left, is a 6 panelled door with mouldings and overlight. In addition, circular glazing pattern and reeded doorcase with flanking moulded panels forming the main entrance to the property. Subsequently, to the right is a sash window set in rendered architrave and surround with keystones. A cornice band sits between the ground and first floors with bowed protrusion.

At first floor level serving the sanitary wareis a shallow bay oriel window. This window features three 12 pane sashes with panelled strip pilasters dividing lights, frieze and modillion over. Two 12-pane sashes serve the master bedroom on the second floor.

The roof level has stone coping parapet walls hiding the frontage secret guttering. Lastly in the rear, the property benefits from a small courtyard with part rendered and facing brickwork three-storey elevations under plain tiled roofs.

A Brief Schedule of Works

In summary, the project comprised of repairing and updating various rooms within the property to today’s living standards. In addition, to introducing an additional accommodation room to create an improved functioning home.

Namely, 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. Our proposal to start with 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  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware;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.

Next 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. Also, the landing incorporates a staircase leading up to the second-floor level. Our proposal at this level involved –

  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware; and
  • Removing of a built-in cupboard in 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. Our proposal at this level involved –

  • Creating a new family bathroom between bedroom 1 and bedroom 2 by using floor area currently used as a store and part floor area of bedroom 2; to create a washing facility area;
  • Replacing outdated sanitaryware in the toilet room with new modern sanitaryware;
  • Repairing or replacing the existing bowed ceiling/ceiling joists over the second-floor level. In particular, within bedrooms 1 and 2 and store.


External Works

The external works involved several improvements, namely –

Exterior walls:

  • Repairing the existing render finish and brickwork in order to re-paint the frontage (Broad Street), colour Farrow and Ball – Cooking Apple Green (32).
  • Making good the horizontal banding and front entrance door in order to re-paint (as indicated): the colour white.
  • Making good the rear courtyard (existing ground floor render finish), colour white.
  • Restoring all window and external door frames including surrounds in order to re-paint, colour white.


  • Install new windows, framework colour to be white.

From the outset, we held an early dialogue with the Local Authority Conservation Officer and Planning Team.  Consequently, the prior discussions and careful negotiations enabled a Listed Building Consent to be granted in the expected timescale.

Furthermore, repairs to this historic house have created a great property which our client will enjoy and by future generations to follow… 

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  • 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