Creating a major new art gallery for London involved the restoration of this listed Georgian building.
In its new incarnation as the Saatchi Gallery, the renovated Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea showcases works from one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in the world.
The transformation of this listed building involved the creation of a series of 12 huge rooms over three floors within the existing building. A rear extension housing three additional gallery areas links to the main building via a glazed walkway.
Flanked by a school, a hotel, flats and shops, effective co-ordination of works traffic and community relations were vital to the success of this project. To avoid congestion outside the site an advance call system for deliveries was set up and closely monitored.
Health and safety measures were put in place to accommodate the fact that the site is home to a sports field which was in daily use by a school. A 183m bore hole was also sunk on the sports field to provide water for the estate’s irrigation system.
The project is one of a series of contracts for client Cadogan Estates. Conversion of the adjoining Right Wing will provide luxury apartments and a new mews to the rear will offer apartments and a management suite
Elsewhere in Chelsea, the redevelopment of Cadogan Mansions and surrounding buildings in Sloane Square, provided more than 7,500m2 of office and retail accommodation. In Sloane Street, three properties were extensively refurbished to create office accommodation and a medical centre.