Plans have been submitted by BuckleyGrayYeoman to convert a listed terrace into art galleries opposite the Natural History Museum
The AJ100 practice’s Cromwell Place scheme, recently lodged with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea planners, will see five listed buildings - including space where Irish painter Sir John Lavery once lived and worked - adapted to a flexible series of facilities for the art market.
Modern alterations would be removed, the terrace restored and courtyard gardens formed.
The project is being led by Art Dubai co-founder John Martin with Scott Murdoch, managing partner at property consultants CWM, in partnership with property owners South Kensington Estates.
Martin said Cromwell Place would ‘create London’s greatest year-round concentration of commercial exhibitions, maintaining the intimacy of the traditional gallery space while also replicating some of the qualities that have made art fairs so successful over the past decade’.
Tim Butler, managing director of South Kensington Estates, said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing forward this world class new project which, if approved, will richly complement South Kensington’s heritage and provide a vital modern facility for London’s art community.’
Subject to planning, the scheme could open in 2018.