Coal vaults – FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions about coal vaults: who actually owns them, who is responsible for them and how practical they are to convert into habitable space. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has published this leaflet which gives a useful insight into how they are dealt with by local authorities. If you are thinking of converting your coal vault and would like further information, please contact Duncan Eastland (Tel. 01296 739431).

Listed Georgian Vault Reconstructed

Subadra have completed the reconstruction of a Grade II Listed coal vault in Marylebone, London. The vault, which supported the pavement above, had partially collapsed and was unsafe. Working from pavement level, we removed the damaged masonry and replaced it with an enlarged reinforced concrete structure, turning what had been an unuseable space into a fully serviced utility room for the client. We carried out the Planning and Listed Building applications, foundation and structural design, as well as all demolition and construction work.

Contract Value: £25-50k.