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Kensington Palace Gardens

Synopsis

Kensington Palace Gardens is the most exclusive address in London. The beautiful, tree-lined space lies within the Crown Estate, adjacent to Kensington Palace, and is home to many of the UK’s wealthiest residents.

We have been privileged to have been commissioned by a substantial number of owners, either directly or through the Crown Estate for works in this region. We have carried out surveys of historic and significant features for many of the properties from private individuals to the embassies of Russia, Nigeria, France and Japan.

Each building is listed as having historic importance, so they require careful and sensitive interventions to maintain their character while creating a modern setting for its notable residents.


The Brief

Originally known as ‘The Queen’s Road’, the avenue was later renamed and subdivided into plots where exclusive properties were developed in the 1840-50s.

The most significant building works involved the unification of two properties to form a single palatial residence for a wealthy individual. Numbers 18 and 19 were exceptional in that they were designed as a pair but to appear as one house.

As the building was created by the architect for the Houses of Parliament, Charles Barrie, we worked closely with the Crown Estate and English Heritage to maintain a positive response to what could have been a difficult proposition for them.

We took time to understand the history and importance of the site, helping to guide how our client’s requirements could fit within such a notable building. The final residence features concealed parking for 20 cars, a swimming pool and luxury guest suites within the main house.

Our Solution

We recommended the work to be carried out in a series of separate construction packages, under a single Management Co-ordinator, to allow the client to maintain a close control of the quality and budget, while allowing some freedom to develop the design in line with the construction.

Our careful, intelligent approach, turned an initially negative view from English Heritage to one of positive support, providing an exception to the ruling against the unification of properties. 

By keeping the Crown Estate fully appraised, the project ran very smoothly and the client achieved everything that was called for.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)