Knightsbridge world-class shopping enhanced

Plans have been approved to transform one of the world’s most prestigious shopping locations. The redevelopment project will reinvigorate the block known as K1, in Knightsbridge. Motion provided extensive pre-planning transport and infrastructure support during a two year period prior to submission of the planning application. The company has subsequently been retained by the developer to design and manage the S278 highway works.

Real estate company, Chelsfield, is the driving force behind the project. The site is one of only two International Shopping Centres which have been designated in the London Plan. The area is situated between the high-end department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The 340,000 square feet scheme will deliver improved retail space at street level. New offices and 35 residential apartments will surround a secluded rooftop garden on the second floor. A restaurant in the roof-scape will offer panoramic views over the city.

The entrance to Knightsbridge underground station will be relocated and improved with the construction of a widened footway. A new step-free access will also be provided and a rooftop cooling system will reduce London Underground platform temperatures.

Access challenges
According to Motion’s Managing Director Phil Bell, “Transport for London had a keen interest in the proposals, which included changes to the red route on Brompton Road. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was also affected by the plans. Construction of the scheme will involve access challenges, due to the constrained location. Servicing arrangements have also been an important consideration. Careful negotiation was required to satisfy all parties.”

The local authority was keen to minimise on-street servicing. Motion proposed a basement service yard accessible from Basil Street via two vehicle lifts. The vehicle lifts will enable servicing to take place from inside the renovated building to help reduce on-street congestion.

Motion is working with Keltbray, the demolition contractor, and Skanska, the main contractor, to assist them with the preparation of the Demolition Traffic Management Plan and Construction Traffic Management Plan. Residential and workplace travel planning advice will also be provided once the scheme is complete.

Jerry Muscroft, Motion Director adds, “Our role continues to grow and evolve as the K1 project moves to its next phase. The scale of the redevelopment requires close liaison with all parties to minimise the impact on visitors to this busy, high profile location.”

This article first appeared in the Winter 2017/18 issue of Insight.

Image copyright: Fletcher Priest Architects

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