55-91 Knightsbridge

 

55-91 Knightsbridge, London, SW1

Acting as structural engineers and heritage advisers, we worked with Dixon Jones Architects to develop proposals for demolition and rebuilding of this major, Grade II listed block behind a retained façade.

The façade was designed by the architects W D Caroe as a red-brick construction with richly cared stone dressing.  Caroe’s frontage gives the impression of a single building but it was in fact built in six separate phases from 1902-5.  The buildings are much altered and do not function well.

The structural works included the retention of the existing façade, the demolition of the buildings behind and the construction of a new reinforced concrete frame in their place.  The new building has a similar mixture of uses to the existing one, plus and additional sub-basement level for car park and plant use.  The parade of shops at ground floor level become an extension of the high quality space prevalent in the area.  High quality spaces are created whilst allowing for the long-term conservation of the historical frontage.

Client: Cheval Property Management Ltd