Chenil House on King’s Road was an underused and unlisted building located within a Conservation Area and adjacent to the Grade II listed Chelsea Town Hall. The 1926 building was formerly a gallery and accidental recording venue, and is of local historic interest. To the rear there was a jumble of roughly contemporary accommodation and to the side a very narrow and recessed 19th C terrace façade. The premises declined into small offices above a vacant, large retail space.
GRID developed a proposal that retained Chenil House but took the opportunity to address the street scene with a contemporary but contextual infill building. The final consent however retained the original infill and moved it, in-situ, to the street frontage. Ground was refashioned to a more flexible and accessible retail unit, with large apartments above and 4 triplex ‘townhouses’ to the rear accessed at first floor level.
7 car parking spaces are located on site accessed from the rear of the property. Extensive discussions have taken place with the RBKC Planning Officers and local neighbours and interest groups to produce an acceptable scheme on this key site. Planning consent was gained in late 2010 and was completed in 2012 with executive architects working for the contractor direct.