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Pilbrow wins planning for Crimewatch presenter's mega-home

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Fred Pilbrow’s new practice has won planning permission for its first scheme - a huge new home for former Crimewatch frontman Nick Ross

It is understood TV presenter Ross will spend £10 million on the project, which will see the Grade II-listed, 1826 detached villa north-east of Orme Square, west London ‘substantially’ remodelled to create a six-storey, five-bedroom home.

According to reports the property, once complete, could be worth in the region of £40 million.

Pilbrow’s burgeoning new practice Pilbrow & Partners, which he set up after leaving KPF offshoot PLP earlier this year (see AJ 12.02.13), plans to demolish a number of ‘architecturally indifferent extensions dating from the mid-19th century’ and add new wings to the side and rear.

According to Pilbrow, the contemporary additions ‘draw inspiration from the Regency proportions of the original building, [with a new] mansard roof on the villa serving to place the existing house as a centrepiece of an overall coherent composition.’ 

Project data

Architects: Pilbrow & Partners
Location: 3 Orme Square
Type of project: Residential
Structural engineer: Parmar Brook
Project architect: n/a
Design team:
Nick Ross
M&E consultant: Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor: Exigere
Planning supervisor: Systems4Safety
Lighting consultant: n/a
Main contractor: not yet appointed


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  • A BBC employee with £10 million to spend on a house - that reminds me, I must renew my TV Licence.

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