David Chipperfield Architects has received planning permission from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the redevelopment of 60 Sloane Avenue. The proposals will now be put forward to the Greater London Authority. Built in 1911 to house Harrods’ motor car garage and workshops, the historic building is to be converted from office facilities to residential properties. Forty-nine lateral apartments of varying sizes will be arranged over six floors around a central open courtyard. The public realm at ground floor level will offer extensive retail spaces, as well as discreet residential lobbies and service yard facilities, with additional basement levels to house supporting technical functions and leisure facilities.
The redevelopment, inspired by the vision of the original architect C W Stephens, will complete the volume he intended. It replaces a three-storey glass extension from the early 1990s, with a stripped-down interpretation of the Harrods buildings' signature terracotta façade. An additional storey of attic style loggias extends the building, with a penthouse level above set back to recede within the townscape setting.