Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is pleased to announce that Westminster City Council has granted planning permission to redevelop the Pantechnicon Building on Motcomb Street, Belgravia. Designed by Aukett Swanke, the scheme will create circa 10,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space in the heart of Grosvenor’s Belgravia estate
The Grade II Listed Pantechnicon building has been the jewel in the crown of Motcomb Street since its construction in 1830. Originally designed as a bazaar, it has since been occupied by a combination of retail and office occupiers. Grosvenor will now transform the three-storey building to create a flexible retail and restaurant space suitable for occupancy by a single retailer.
Commenting on the planning decision, Craig McWilliam, Executive Director of Grosvenor’s London estate said: "I am delighted that planning permission has been granted to transform our Pantechnicon building into a fantastic retail and restaurant scheme that will complement the existing offering on Motcomb Street and cement its reputation as one of London’s best shopping destinations. The size and proportions of the building, combined with the dramatic listed façade, will provide the opportunity of a department store but with the intimacy of a beautiful private house, creating a unique space where a retailer could house their entire collection under one roof.”
The redeveloped building will feature a basement suitable for a café or bar. The ground floor, double height mezzanine level and interconnected spaces on the second and third floors will offer exceptional open-plan retail space and the creation of a glass terrace on the roof will provide a place to gather to enjoy drinks or dinner.
The grand neo-classical façade was the only part of the building not to be destroyed in a fire in 1874. The rooms behind the elevation are therefore modern and can be easily redeveloped, while the façade will be restored to its former glory. In addition, the proposals open up the street lightwell and reinstate the railings, allowing the café-bar created in the basement to benefit from south-facing light.
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Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. We own and develop an exceptional range of properties and locations in Britain and Ireland through two business units: our London estate, responsible for assets across 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, and Grosvenor Developments, responsible for all off-estate activity in Britain and Ireland. Both teams have a common goal: to create great places for people to live, work and visit. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn.