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Dolphin Square
Pimlico
SW1


Planning application:
Westminster 18/01099/FULL

Official website:
https://www.dolphinsquare.co.uk/future-planning



Development Facts

Site:
Dolphin Square, London SW1

Developer: Westbrook Partners

Architect: Eric Parry Architects




Existing

Residential units:
1,106

Serviced apartments: 124

Total floorspace: 98,271m² (GIA)




Proposed

Residential units:
1,295

Serviced apartments: 205

Total floorspace: 115,089m² (GIA)















 

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Damn, that's nice!
 

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I'm not sure about the additional storey, which seems to be blighting almost every London refurbishment at the moment, but the general scheme looks excellent - this is a remarkable complex, which is now looking very tired, so a refurb is particularly welcome, and I really like the new shop fronts in particular.
 

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Thanks SE9 for the info. Unfortunately, I can't see any of the Westminster City Council planning files (keep getting 'Failed - No file, or 'Document Unavailable' messages).

So judging by the renders, the new houses/flats in the West Carriageway appear to be built over the underground garage entrance. Are they proposing reducing car parking? This will increase the already overcrowded parking in the adjacent streets.

Constructing the extra 10th floor is going to be absolute hell for all those living underneath. Will the rebuilding of Rodney House at the north end of the Square mean the destruction the indoor Art Deco swimming pool underneath Rodney House? Opening up the internal shopping arcade to face outwards into Chichester Street is probably a good idea.

thenewwipwerstimes may well be correct in saying that the building is looking very tired, but each of the 13 houses making up the Square had been undergoing modernisation since the 1970s, albeit at a very slow progress as tenants needed to be rehoused as the work proceeded.

Whilst Dolphin Square may not be listed, it is in the Dolphin Square Conservation Area. Presumably Westbrook, the owners, will have had prior consultation with Westminster Council to find out what would be acceptable. There used to be a very effective Tenants Association, but that was before Westbrook took control. It will be interesting to see what the tenants and the local councillors will have to say about the scheme.
 

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Thanks SE9 for the info. Unfortunately, I can't see any of the Westminster City Council planning files (keep getting 'Failed - No file, or 'Document Unavailable' messages).
No problem!

Links to the individual planning files expire after short time. When you click the link above to the planning application, make sure you view the individual files shortly thereafter. Once the file links expire, you'll need to reload the 'documents' tab again to view them.
 

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Will the rebuilding of Rodney House at the north end of the Square mean the destruction the indoor Art Deco swimming pool underneath Rodney House? Opening up the internal shopping arcade to face outwards into Chichester Street is probably a good idea.

thenewwipwerstimes may well be correct in saying that the building is looking very tired, but each of the 13 houses making up the Square had been undergoing modernisation since the 1970s, albeit at a very slow progress as tenants needed to be rehoused as the work proceeded.

Whilst Dolphin Square may not be listed, it is in the Dolphin Square Conservation Area. Presumably Westbrook, the owners, will have had prior consultation with Westminster Council to find out what would be acceptable. There used to be a very effective Tenants Association, but that was before Westbrook took control. It will be interesting to see what the tenants and the local councillors will have to say about the scheme.
Lets hope that the fine swimming pool is retained - too often such amenities are removed to save money - but this looks to be an unusually good sized pool with nice design deserving to be retained.

Nothing wrong with slow but steady renovation - wish this happened more often. Continuous maintenance is much preferred to allowing buildings to deteriorate to the point where a major capital investment is required.

One assumes that due to location and rental costs, the caliber of occupants which likely includes politicians, lawyers, and people with connections must mean that the resident's association is relatively strong in comparison say with a council block.
 

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The listed status only applies to the courtyard gardens.
 

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The Certificate of Immunity runs for five years only: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1456643

The is the Historic England entry for the Gardens: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1455668

Personally, I'm glad to see that at least a part has a preservation order - I lived there for over 30 years! Living amidst demolition and building work going on in a relatively confined space would be like hell on earth. Presumably Eric Parry Architects will need to reconsider some of the proposals - particularly the internal landscaping.
 
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