News: 11 August 2016Permission secured for Knightsbridge luxury extra care facility

Barton Willmore provided expert town planning advice that contributed to planning permission being secured on behalf of Beaumont Properties Limited for a £60 million luxury extra care facility at Pavilion Road in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Replacing a 1970s Brutalist car park in the heart of Knightsbridge, the proposed scheme will create 34 high-quality one and two bedroom extra care apartments and associated medical facilities.

Just two minutes’ walk from Harrods Department Store and connected by an underground tunnel, the 135,000 sq ft scheme will create a strong example of contemporary architecture that makes reference to a typical Queen Anne terrace and is made from the renowned terracotta fa├žade of Harrods and the soft red bricks of Hans Town. The seven-storey building will also accommodate a luxury spa, swimming pool, library, private doctors’ surgery, dedicated nurse care rooms, communal areas, concierge service and car parking.

Gary Stevens, Planning Associate in Barton Willmore’s London Office, highlighted that the development would be an important step towards addressing the Borough’s ageing population.

He said:

“The need for more homes in London is well documented, but with the proportion of over 65s set to increase across the city and particularly in Kensington and Chelsea, it’s important that we’re creating specialist housing to address this need. This scheme will not only provide one of the first privately run extra care facilities in Kensington and Chelsea, but will also create an appealing community for residents that provides an independence-driven alternative to traditional care homes.”

 

Barton Willmore’s research An Ageing Nation: are we planning for our future’ found that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s population of over-65s is likely to be 22% of the Borough’s entire population by 2037 – the highest amongst all London Boroughs.

Images courtesy of PDP London Architects

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