Fitzrovia ‘Skinny House’ gets the go-ahead

HOK Architects get approval to build a family home in an alleyway off Great Portland Street

Westminster planners have approved an unusual proposal to build a four-storey slim-fit family home in an alleyway off Great Portland Street.

The property, dubbed “Skinny House” by its designers HOK Architects, fits in an incredibly tight spot – just 3.1 metres wide – on a major road junction near Regent’s Park. Yet it will still deliver a three-bedroom 142 square metre “high quality” home, plus terrace and courtyard garden.

The alleyway, which runs between Nos.379 and 383 Euston Road, used to provide a pedestrian link from the main road to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, but it’s been closed off at both ends for some time – since the old hospital site was developed into The Fitzrovia Apartments by a JV between Ridgeford and Manhattan Loft Corporation.

“Skinny House” is being developed by Bolsover Street Ltd, which lists Manhattan Loft Corporation as its contact address, and Harry Handelsman as a Director.