You don't often get a grand new square in the middle of London. But architect Paul Davis & Partners, engineer Adams Kara Taylor, and client Cadogan Estate have provided just that on the King's Road, Chelsea, with completion of their Duke of York Square, part of a mixed-use development which has been on site for three years, with more work to follow. A splendid opening reception last week was attended by a multiplicity of architectural figures including Roger Zogolovitch, fresh from his terrific collaboration with Alex de Rijke on a live-work development in Waterloo, and Dennis Sharp, urbane as ever.
One's only regret is that the opportunity has not been seized (yet) to provide a relief entrance to Sloane Square tube station in the middle of the new paved square. Perhaps it will happen in time. Meanwhile, no less a personage than Lord Rogers (he lives round the corner) has had a meeting with locals trying to thrash out the best option for upgrading Sloane Square, a long-term ambition of Cadogan Estate supremo Stuart Corbyn.
Locals are so weird that the best chance of achieving this scheme is probably to get Lord Rogers to oppose it.