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Revealed: Foster's plans for £1bn overhaul of Bayswater store

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Foster & Partners has submitted plans for a £1billion residential-led redevelopment of the grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater, west London

The practice beat Zaha Hadid, Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make and Stiff + Trevillion to win the project to revamp of the once prestigious department store earlier this year (see below).

According to the planning application, which was lodged with Westminster City Council last week, the project will see the 1980’s shopping centre behind the existing, historic Queensway façade demolished and replaced by more than 100 homes.

It is understood the iconic central dome of the building, designed by architects John Belcher and John James Joass in 1911, will be retained with the proposed flats and townhouses arranged around a new inner courtyard.

Backed by a joint venture between a Meyer Bergman-advised fund and Warrior Group, the scheme also includes new shops, a boutique hotel, gym and a basement cinema.

A statement released by the development team reads: ‘A careful refurbishment of the prominent façade will be undertaken to restore it to its former status as the window into an exciting new retail and leisure world.

‘The project seeks to give the historic Whiteleys building a new lease of life and to help restore Queensway to its former grandeur. The ambition of the joint venture partners is to make a lasting contribution to the community by creating an attractive destination in the heart of Bayswater where people will want to live and enjoy themselves.’

Turley is acting as planning consultant on the proposals. Gustafson Porter is working on the landscape design.

Whiteley's department store

Previous story (AJ 30.01.15)

Foster beats Zaha to land overhaul of Bayswater’s ‘Harrods’

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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  • Looks "good" when can we expect to see it "up and running" ?

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  • I trust it will all be affordable housing!

    Grace Kenny

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  • 100 homes that will be bought off plan by people not living in them as they will only be an investment and there was s singular lack of information about affordable housing.
    So, please tell me how this will be a lasting contribution to the community. Oh yes, shopping and a cinema. how many of the shops will be at an affordable rent so a local business can take them. I know Fosters will say that they cannot control that, but by just doing more of the same they are perpetuating the problem of our local communities dying.

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