- Client: De Vere Estates Ltd
- Sector: Accommodation
- Value: £155m
- Location: London
- Service: Construction
The scheme involved the redevelopment of the site of the former Kensington Park and Kensington Palace Thistle hotels to provide two new seven storey buildings and associated health and leisure facilities.
Both buildings include a penthouse suite. In addition, a new five storey building with mixed residential accommodation is incorporated behind retained Victorian facades. The accommodation is arranged around central courtyards to maximise natural light within the apartments.
De Vere Gardens
The De Vere Gardens project included the demolition of the existing buildings while retaining and restoring the original terraced house facades of De Vere Gardens and Victoria Road.
With the site incorporating retained façades and three fully occupied townhouses, an innovative, automated movement monitoring system was also installed to cover the existing structures.
The mansard roof and the structures behind the retained façades were demolished and the height of the new buildings, behind the retained facades is similar to the original heights, incorporating new mansard roofs and dormer windows reconstructed to English Heritage guidelines.
Our in-house Design Group designed the extensive temporary works required for the 55,000m3 excavation and the formation of two basement levels. These new basement levels run the length of the development, with a third provided at the northern end of the site to accommodate a 119-space car park. Access from street level is via two car lifts, and occupants have direct access from inside the building.
The project also included a new vehicular access link with pedestrian drop-off at the northern part of the site. The drop-off is linked to the main concierge reception area and this forms the main entrance, fronting Kensington Road.
De Vere Gardens Interior
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