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Foster beats Zaha to land overhaul of Bayswater's 'Harrods'

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Foster & Partners has seen off three others practices, including Zaha Hadid Architects, to land the multimillion project to overhaul the grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater, west London

The AJ understands the practice beat Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make and Stiff + Trevillion to win the revamp of the once prestigious department store which was converted into a mall in the late 1980s.

The building was bought in 2013 by a real estate fund advised by investment manager Meyer Bergman for about £115 million. 

The proposals for the 1911 Whiteleys building, which was designed by John Belcher and John James Joass, aim to significantly revamp the centre.

When it first opened, the building was shop was seen as ‘the height of luxury’ and included both a theatre and a rooftop golf-course.

The store closed in 1980 and was empty for a number of years before it re-opened as a shopping mall in 1989.

Whiteleys was unavailable for comment.


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  • Geoff Williams

    This refurbishment of the famous, World acclaimed, grade 11 listed building needs the best protection to combat fire. All high risk circuits needs continuity of the electrical supply. Potentially the correct choice of electric cable for these applications is vital to safeguard the millions of people visiting this grand and pivotal building. This can be achieved by utilising enhanced fire survival electric cables. Safety against cable fires is paramount in such buildings in the World's greatest capital. A feature that is often overlooked.

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