A Knightsbridge tale

Renovation transforms a semi-derelict, post war office area into one of London's finest residential addresses.

by James 22 December 2009 Urban design
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    The Knightsbridge Estates development includes three buildings totaling 355,000 sq ft; two residential blocks with a flagship office & retail building between, on the corner of Lancelot Place and Brompton Road opposite Harrods in Knightsbridge, at the heart of one of London’s most elite districts.

    The building at 10 Lancelot Place contains 51 flats commanding some of the highest residential values in London. Set above a 3-storey, red brick and Portland stone base which reinforces the residential character of Lancelot Place, the upper apartments are set back to provide spacious, west-facing terraces with views over Knightsbridge’s Edwardian residential squares. Two, double-storey penthouses have full roof gardens on both levels overlooking London’s skyline. The development includes a spa and three levels of underground parking. The apartments are unusually large and provide services of a quality rarely available, even on the London market.

    Zeidler worked closely with the staff and Planning and Development Sub-committee of the City of Westminster, English Heritage, the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Knightsbridge Association to satisfy the exacting heritage requirements of all bodies in a building of exceptional quality which has transformed a semi-derelict, post-war office area into one of London's finest residential addresses.

    At 60 Brompton Road, Chevalier House offers 29 apartments and maisonettes on 10 levels including two-storey penthouses, with south-facing terraces. Ground and first floors are retail shops, continuing the pattern along the Brompton Road with car parking provided at basement level. The terracotta cladding is sympathetic to the Victorian brick, stone and terracotta materials in the area.

    Zeidler re-worked an earlier planning consent, increasing the building’s efficiency and giving all apartments south facing exposures and views of Brompton Road landmarks. Rooftop services were relocated to a basement level to create rooftop garden terraces. These refinements achieved a new planning consent within 6 months of application.

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