Aukett Swanke has secured planning permission for a sensitive mixed-use scheme in London’s Belgravia that seeks to enhance the area’s reputation as a premier design and retail district.
Designed for Grosvenor, the project is a sensitive redevelopment of the historic Newson’s Yard site on Pimlico Road in the Belgravia Conservation Area.
A series of sensitive interventions will see the conversion of the timber yard into a cathedral-like retail gallery retaining the yard’s principal historic fabric and double-height space along with the brick piers and timber trusses.
Carefully integrated light wells, lifts and staircases will open up and improve connections between the yard, the shops and the street. In total, four retail units will be provided creating circa 800 sq m of new retail space while the existing five dwellings will be replaced by seven new homes.
Aukett Swanke’s proposals, drawn up after extensive community consultation, retain many key historic aspects of the site, which incorporate a nineteenth century timber yard at 61 Pimlico Road, along with five adjoining retail/residential properties on 41-43, 57-59 and 63 Pimlico Road.
Andrew Murdoch, Aukett Swanke UK Director: “Most new speculative retail units are single storey boxes with a glass front – we have created two large units out of the old timber yard, which will have a double height, top-lit gallery at the rear, clearly visible from the pavement. This will suit the current mix of retailers in Pimlico Road, both in terms of critical mass and quality of the internal retail environment by repurposing the historic, albeit unlisted, features.”
Will Bax, Director of Placemaking, Grosvenor’s London estate: “This is an important milestone for Pimlico Road. We consulted more than 200 people – residents, businesses and stakeholders – in reaching these plans, which we believe will provide a welcome boost to the area. We remain committed to growing Pimlico Road’s global appeal as an independent design and retail district whilst protecting the unique character of the place for retailers, residents and visitors for the long term.”
Planners considered that the new scheme would enhance or preserve the character of the conservation area as well as resulting in additional economic activity and the possibility of more jobs for the local community. Sustainable design strategies including photovoltaic panels and high performance insulation contribute to an overall 37.1% carbon reduction.
Residents of the new properties will be provided with lifetime (25 years) car club membership by Grosvenor to address potential increased pressure on on-street parking as a result of the development.
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