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Simpson completes ‘twee’ Kensington Palace loggia

[First look] John Simpson & Partners has completed a £12 million overhaul of Kensington Palace Gardens in west London, previously blasted for its ‘twee’ loggia design

Plans for the decorative feature were approved on appeal after being twice rejected by local authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Simpson’s original loggia was vetoed in 2009, when the wider proposals for the palace gardens revamp won conditional planning permission.

A revised version of the loggia was rejected the following year.

Local authority design champion Daniel Moylan described the original loggia as ‘decoratively overelaborate and almost embarassingly twee’.

He had also said: ‘Although designed by a leading architect, one could easily imagine its being replicated one day in a garden furniture catalogue.’

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