De Vere Gardens

Structural Designer

BuroHappold Engineering

Client Name

De Vere Estates Ltd

Location

London, United Kingdom

CIVIL, GEOTECHNICAL AND FAÇADE ENGINEER
BuroHappold Engineering
ARCHITECT
David Chipperfield Architects
MAIN CONTRACTOR
Sir Robert McAlpine
BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER
Hoare Lea

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This residential development in Kensington provides 97 luxury apartments on the site of the former Kensington Park and Kensington Palace Thistle Hotels in Kensington, London. In order to meet the client’s high-end aspirations, The Grade II listed facades of the original buildings have been retained and an additional two storeys of basement were constructed below the original lower ground floor - to accommodate a health club, plant areas, and generous parking spaces for larger-than-average cars. A 1950s building was replaced with a contemporary block, with a façade finished in stone and bronze.

Judge's comment:

The judges were impressed with the engineering solutions employed to ensure the listed structure was restored back to its former glory, with no adverse effect on the Victorian stone and brick facades despite the construction challenges faced.