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Retail/office development, King's Road, SW3

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The refectory of the former Chelsea College is part of a group of unremarkable 1960s buildings which form an interlude to the run of Victorian frontages along King's Road.As part of the redevelopment of the college site (following a merger with King's College, London) the refectory block has been remodelled radically to create high-quality retail and office space.

The strategy for this fast-track project was to retain the basic structure, with selective demolition, and give it a new public face and reconstructed interior.A strikingly layered facade was created, framed in limestone, providing excellent retail frontages on three levels. The scheme had to respond to the proximity of the listed houses in Carlyle Square in terms of materials and scale.The two-storey office pavilion, which sits on the stone base, is designed as a lightweight pavilion, with fine views out - access is via a dramatic double-height lobby on King's Road.

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