Robert AM Stern’s New York-based practice finally looks set to make its UK debut with a scheme being billed as ‘Britain’s first £2 billion apartment block’
The project for Caudwell Properties, owned by mobile phone billionaire John Caudwell, will see the demolition of a 1960s car park in Audley Square, Mayfair and its replacement with a 30-flat, ‘highly contextual’ neo-traditional scheme.
The American New Urbanist had previously been in the running for London’s Chelsea Barracks redevelopment (2009) and a £400 million luxury housing scheme for developer Brockton in the West End (2011). However the practice withdrew from the competition for the contentious barracks site and was replaced on the Brockton project at 56 Curzon Street by PLP.
Stern, who submitted a planning application to Westminster Council for the Audley Square development last month, is not the first architect to have tackled the plot.
Foster + Partners has already won consent for a £300 million scheme to replace the ageing car park, but since that approval Caudwell has snapped up a neighbouring plot allowing Stern to draw up plans for a larger proposal.
According to the planning documents, Stern’s scheme ‘responds to the clear traditions of Mayfair’s built environment and the evolution of domestic properties from Georgian townhouse to 20th and 21st century apartment blocks’.