Burd Haward Architects

Burd Haward Architects
24 Wolsey Mews
London NW5 2DX

T: 020 7267 9815

NT Chartwell Projects

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. It is now owned and managed by the National Trust and open to the public, with over 300,000 visitors a year. BHA have worked with the Trust since 2014 on a number of important projects across the listed site.

The most recent is our study for a small new museum and café, to be located on a triangular sloping site overlooking Chartwell gardens. It is envisaged the new building will showcase Churchill’s artworks and provide spaces for changing exhibitions and art storage. It will be connected to a new café formed in an adjacent cottage. Importantly, Churchill made sketches that envisaged, and potentially justify, a new gallery in this location.


Our first project, a modest pavilion housing visitor WCs and storage, was the first new structure to be built on the site since Churchill’s time.  Its listed landscape setting and green-belt location meant careful negotiations were required at planning.  Following consideration of a range of options, the new pavilion was discretely located in the former ‘urn garden’. Its form and materials take cues from the local Kentish vernacular of peg tiled roofs, and its pitched roof is partially visible above the hedge that surrounds the garden. The pavilions compact layout allows natural light and ventilation, with a new path providing level access for all visitors.


Other projects, completed and ongoing, include the conversion of Churchill’s listed pool pump house together with studies for the repair and conversion of the nearby piggery and coast houses into apartments for holiday lets.


Client:   The National Trust

Stages: Various /  RIBA 0 - 6

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Arts & Heritage