Galliard win planning for Squire & Partners “mini-One Hyde Park” in Westminster

Leading London developer Galliard Homes has received planning permission for their Squire & Partners designed project to transform the former European Council for Foreign Relations building at 29-35 Old Queen Street in Westminster, W1, into a 27,190 sqft (2,526 sqm) ultra-luxury residential scheme providing 22 one, two and three bedroom lateral apartments, including duplexes and penthouses, complete with resident’s only rooftop gardens, marble entrance foyer, concierge and lift access.

The planning permission allows for the creation of Westminster’s most luxurious and expensive apartment development to date, a spectacular £100 million (GDV) luxury address providing new lateral residences behind the building’s grand eight storey brick and stone Queen Anne style façade which benefits from projecting bays, large sash windows and grand rooms with generous ceiling heights.

29-35 Old Street Street has an outstanding “5-star” central London location, within a few hundred yards of the 58 acres of St James’s Park, and less than five minutes walk from Parliament Square and London’s most important historic buildings and monuments including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Just beyond is Whitehall, Nos. 10 & 11 Downing Street and Horse Guards Parade, creating a residential scheme which is exceptionally well located and benefits from a highly sought after prime Westminster address.

Built in the early 1900s 29-35 Old Queen Street originally provided grand mansion flats occupied by Westminster politicians and wealthy merchants. After 1945 the building was converted into premium offices and served as the London headquarters of the European Council for Foreign Relations, a pan-European body of over 170 members comprised of serving ministers, MPs, EU officials and NATO staff meeting to discuss European foreign policy challenges of the day. Galliard Homes acquired the freehold of the building and submitted planning for a change of use back to residential.

Now Galliard Homes are set to transform the building back into a prestigious residential address. Occupying nine floors, from lower ground to eighth level, the new residences will range from 527 sqft up to 1,518 sqft in size. The building fronts onto Old Queen Street and Lewisham Street enabling Squire & Partners to design a scheme with windows overlooking both facades, creating open living spaces which have generous ceiling heights of up to 3 to 4 metres, and an extremely bright and airy ambience. The apartments will be built to a luxurious specification with bespoke interiors and joinery, luxurious designer kitchens and plush bathroom suites.

The larger apartments will have spacious drawing room, 8-10 seater formal dining area, kitchen/breakfast area and study/library. Some of the drawing rooms will incorporate the building’s deep bay windows creating distinctive living spaces rich in character. The master bedroom suites will have deep fitted wardrobes and luxurious bathroom suites. The duplexes will have entertaining rooms on one level and bedroom suites on the other. Features will include dramatic double height drawing rooms, 8-10 seater dining rooms and spacious bedroom suites.

The entrance foyer will be designed to have the ambience of a boutique hotel with marble flooring, concierge and feature lighting. The foyer will give access to the inner hall which provides staircase and lift access to all floors of the building. The development will have two spacious rooftop gardens/terraces, for the exclusive use of residents, which will provide views over Westminster and Whitehall.

Established in 1976, Squire & Partners is one of central London’s foremost architectural practices whose projects include the London Bulgari Hotel & Residences, The Knightsbridge Apartments, The Hurlingham Club and Chelsea Barracks. Squire & Partners designed Galliard Homes’ ultra-prime Chiltern Street apartment scheme in Marylebone and the success of this project (now almost sold out off plan) made the practice the “architect of choice” for the Old Queen Street development. An interior specification and design firm for the project has not yet been chosen but it is anticipated that it will be Rabih Hage Ltd, the international interior design firm who worked alongside Squire & Partners on Chiltern Street.

Prices at 29-35 Old Queen Street have not been set but are anticipated to range from £2,500 to £3,000+ per sqft, which will set a new price record for residential property in Westminster/Whitehall, and bring new homes prices in line with neighbouring Marylebone and Mayfair. Galliard Homes highlight that their Squire & Partners scheme at Chiltern Street has achieved sales values of over £3,300 per sqft, a new price record for Marylebone.

Stephen Conway, Chief Executive of Galliard Homes said:

“Our Squire & Partners project is the most luxurious residential development undertaken to date in Westminster and will help to raise residential values in the district to be in line with neighbouring Mayfair and Marylebone. Prime London residential values have overtaken commercial, and this means that the West End, Westminster and Whitehall is rapidly transforming from being dominated by offices into addresses associated with London’s most luxurious new residences and 5 star hotels. This project is the latest part in this ongoing evolution and we anticipate strong sales interest in the scheme.”