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Kalkwarf Architects Secures Planning for £60m Restoration of Grosvenor Gardens House
Planning permission has been granted for the £60 million conversion and restoration of Grade II Listed Grosvenor Gardens House located within the Grosvenor Gardens Conservation Area at the gateway to Belgravia, London.
Kalkwarf Architects designed the mixed use development for Medici Asset Management, and, with advisors PDP, led the process up to planning. With 84,900sq.ft of residential space and 12,400sq. ft of retail, the scheme will take up to three years to complete. The development will comprise 42 luxury apartments, with concierge, business meeting areas, a cinema room and 5,000sq.ft of wellness centre, spa and underground parking. Retail and restaurant space will be located at ground level, overlooking Lower Grosvenor Gardens, which will be carefully redeveloped for the local community to enjoy.
Kalkwarf Architects' proposed restoration and conversion of the upper floors from office into residential use is in line with Westminster's planning policy objective to increase the housing provision within the borough.
Leon Kalkwarf, owner and MD of KalkwarfArchitects explains 'Our client, MediciAsset Management, had the vision for the redevelopment of Grosvenor Gardens House to restore the significant historic fabric of this Grade II listed building to its former glory.' Leon continues 'The building currently comprises 70,000 sq ft of serviced office and commercial space, which we will transform into forty two luxury apartments'.
The building was constructed as the first example of serviced apartments in Britain with shops at street level. The style is mid Victorian French Renaissance; part of a formal development designed by Thomas Cundy III and encloses a triangular urban space and garden. The apartments underwent insensitive changes including the conversion into a hotel in 1920. Subsequently the hotel was converted into offices in 1938 and this use has brought with it further waves of alterations, all to the detriment of the building.