Construction contracts have been exchanged between joint venture partners MARK and CC Land, and Laing O’Rourke, successfully converting the second stage of the project base-build on-time, and on-budget. This paves the way for the project team led by Development Manager Finchatton to progress main delivery of the redevelopment and restoration of the former Whiteleys centre.
The Whiteley will deliver 139 world-class, modern residences, 20 new shops, cafes and restaurants, a central public courtyard, a cinema, a gym and London’s flagship Six Senses hotel and spa with 110 rooms, as well as its social wellness club, all set behind a retained and restored Grade II-listed façade.
In addition to the plans for the building, the Queensway streetscape will be redesigned to become more pedestrian-friendly, giving it a new lease of life as a key London thoroughfare, and a renewed gateway and runway to Hyde Park.
Laing O’Rourke’s specialist engineering business, Expanded began work on-site in January 2020 under a £100m package to deliver the basement and frame which sits behind the retained four-storey, Grade II, listed façade on the Queensway elevation.
Richard Shaw, Development Director at Finchatton, commented: “We are delighted to have achieved this significant milestone for the project. The team has forged an extremely strong and collaborative relationship with Laing O’Rourke, and we look forward to working together in delivering this amazing development. We have managed to maintain the delivery and procurement programme despite the challenges presented by Covid and this owes much to the motivation and professionalism of all members of Laing O’Rourke and the client team engaged on the project.”
Paul McNerney, Director of UK Building for Laing O’Rourke, added: “Our Expanded team has made incredible progress on the basement and frame structure, despite having to adapt to create a Covid-secure workplace. I’d like to thank them for their commitment to keeping the project on track. By using modern methods of construction, they have been able to make excellent progress on the delivery of the sub-structure and frame.
“Many of the components such as core walls, columns and façade elements will be manufactured at our Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction in Nottinghamshire before being transported for on-site assembly. Almost 600 precast items have already been manufactured, out of a total 4,000 required for the development. This approach provides greater certainty for our client and we look forward to playing our role in creating a vibrant new destination for the local community and for visitors to London.”
The new Whiteleys is due to complete in 2023.
09/11/2020 15:51 by Buildington
Register your interest in the new residences in The Whiteley development with Finchatton at thewhiteleylondon.com.
19/08/2020 18:30 by Buildington
Six Senses London, the hotel, wellness club and spa, will open at Whiteleys in 2023.
The hotel will have 110 guest rooms and suites, starting from 355 square feet (33 square meters). There will also be 14 branded residences, with owners able to tap into all the privileges that come with a Six Senses home, including bespoke interior design, concierge service, dining, housekeeping and wellness programming.
Inspired by the building’s origins, the interiors of Six Senses London are designed by internationally celebrated AvroKO in conjunction with executive architects EPR, and combine nostalgic nods to classical detailing and art deco along with modern streamlining. To add a touch of local culture to the preserved Great Exhibition mood, contemporary art from British artists will be showcased throughout the hotel.
The Six Senses brand philosophy of connection to people and nature is central to the convivial and biophilic tone of the ground floor. It features a cozy lobby bar and lounge (for talking to friends or the plants), all-day dining restaurant with an open kitchen and seating area in the courtyard. Much of the lobby’s character derives from its verdant, elegant and eclectic style. Imaginative planting, textured fabrics, bespoke flooring, reclaimed wood furniture and upholstery in natural tones with glass display cabinets flanking its walls cleverly bring about coziness in 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters) of public space which encourages guests to socialize, eat, play or simply be.
“I feel nostalgic when talking about Whiteleys. I grew up in the neighborhood and my parents used to bring me here,” says Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to this heritage and bring our brand values to life in this part of town, while celebrating our first port of call for Six Senses in the UK.”
In a space reminiscent of an old-fashioned London underground station, the spa journey will mirror the different energies of the city life, from the sensory stimulation and movement of the street to the stillness and calm of a quiet café or park. In this way, lively and vibrant areas flow into more serene and silent ones to offer energizing and restorative sensations; a perfectly balanced environment in which to achieve overall well-being. Highlights include 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) dedicated to fitness, a 65-foot (20-meter) indoor swimming pool, an Alchemy Bar and a relaxation room with vaulted ceilings.
On the second floor, residents and members will access a new kind of social and wellness club. Away from the density and intensity of the city, this space will feature a central bar and lounge, coworking spaces, a restaurant and wellness rooms, and offer pioneering programming to encourage growth, reflection and reconnection.
Marcus Meijer, chief executive officer of Meyer Bergman said, “We are very excited to announce the agreement with Six Senses. It’s a key element in the transformation of Whiteleys as well as the wider Queensway regeneration plan. The Six Senses brand stands for luxury, design, wellness and sustainability, values that form the keystone of our vision for this vibrant part of London.”
Finchatton Co-founder Alex Michelin commented, “Six Senses London will be a first, not only having best-in-class spa and amenities, but also a new kind of social and wellness club unlike anything we have seen in London or for that matter, in a new development. We identified Six Senses as the ideal partner for the Whiteleys redevelopment with wellness at its core and also experiential pioneering programs. These are things which will be at the heart of the new Whiteleys offer and we look forward to creating something really incredible together.”
07/01/2020 09:33 by Buildington
C C Land Holdings Limited has announced that it has committed to invest £182 million in the regeneration and redevelopment project of Whiteleys, a former shopping centre currently solely owned by Meyer Bergman.
The proposal is for the 1.1million sq.ft. building to be transformed into 153 apartments, a 5-star hotel and retail space with a mix of independent retailers, a state-of-art gym, cinema, restaurants and cafes behind the building’s original iconic 1911 façade. The project is expected to complete in 2023.
Both parties expect to invest a total of approximately £400 million to bring the redevelopment project to completion. Funds managed by Apollo Global Management, Inc., have provided a construction facility of £850million for the development.
Meyer Bergman appointed Finchatton, the preeminent residential real estate developer as Development Manager to deliver the development in 2018. Enabling works on site are well underway and the demolition phase due to finish at the end of 2019.
Dr. Dickie Wong, Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of C C Land, said, “Whiteleys represents an incredibly compelling proposition with the restoration of an iconic heritage asset and delivers a unique blend of residential, retail and hotel uses in an undervalued, yet prime Central Location that provides the opportunity for a material shift in both capital and rental value. Finchatton as development manager has created an exceptional vision for Whiteleys which we are delighted to be now part of. C C Land started to build the global property portfolio since early 2017, and now has both investment and development projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China. We believe that our investment in the regeneration and redevelopment project of Whiteleys further enriches our property portfolio in London.”
Mr. Marcus Meyer, CEO of Meyer Bergman, commented, “We are delighted to be able to add C C Land to our partnership with Finchatton and Foster & Partners. It is the last key step to allow us to deliver a truly iconic and unique mixed-use building to one of the world’s great cities.”
Mr. Alex Michelin, co-founder of Finchatton, commented, “We identified C C Land as the ideal partner,and we are thrilled that they will be part of the Whiteleys redevelopment. Whiteleys is an incredibly special building and we are looking forward to working with C C Land and Meyer Bergman to create the next exciting chapter in its life.”
28/12/2019 23:08 by Buildington
New photos of the Whiteleys development.
06/08/2019 20:11 by Buildington
New photos of the Whiteleys site. Demolition of the car park will be complete mid-April 2019; The demolition of the car park basement slab April to end May 19; and the demolition of the main shopping centre will complete June – Nov 2019.
31/03/2019 12:30 by Buildington
The owners of the Whiteleys development are set to propose amendments related to the internal arrangement of the existing planning consent granted in May 2017.
The proposed amendments to the existing planning consented scheme will take the form of a Section 73 planning application which will be submitted to Westminster City Council.
Key changes include:
- The residential unit number has increased from 129 to 153, but with only minor changes to the overall residential area.
- 14 Intermediate Affordable Housing units have been introduced along Redan Place.
- The townhouses along Redan Place have been converted into 14 private apartments. 4 new townhouses facing Porchester Court Garden are proposed
- The creche has been removed.
The boards displayed at the Public Exhibition that took place on the 7th of March 2019 can be found at whiteleysdevelopment.co.uk.
14/03/2019 17:22 by Buildington
Construction presentation by Erith is now available on the development website. The next community liaison meeting will take place 29.01.19.
20/12/2018 10:08 by Buildington
Whiteleys Shopping Centre centre will close on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Individual stores, restaurants and the cinema will be closing from 25th November onwards and the public car park will close on Saturday 1st December.
Further updates will be posted on this website www.whiteleysdevelopment.co.uk in the coming weeks. You can also sign up on this website to receive future newsletters.
22/10/2018 20:31 by Buildington
New photo of the Whiteleys shopping centre waiting for redevelopment. At the time of taking this photo Kurt Geiger, Zara, H&M and Gap are still open, Toys R Us has closed.
28/05/2018 19:05 by Buildington
Westminster Council is set to grant permission for the amended planning application (submitted in November 2017) at the next Committee meeting on 24th April 2018.
21/04/2018 17:53 by Buildington
The developer has submitted plans to reorganise the layout of the residential units and reduce the number to 113. The number of residential parking spaces would be increased to 145 spaces and the number of hotel rooms would increase up to 50.
City of Westminster Council Ref. No: 17/10221/FULL submitted 15. November 2017 westminster.gov.uk.
28/11/2017 10:53 by Buildington
Westminster City Council has given consent to the redevelopment of Whiteleys this week.
The planning proposal was for the demolition of and redevelopment of building behind retained and refurbished facades to Queensway and Porchester Gardens facades to provide a mixed use development comprising three basement levels, ground floor and up to 10 upper floor levels, containing 103 residential units (Class C3), retail floorspace (Class A1 and A3) facing Queensway and arranged around a new retail arcade below re-provided central atrium and central retail courtyard, public car park ,hotel (Class C1), cinema (Class D2) gym (Class D2), crèche (Class D1), with associated landscaping and public realm improvements, provision of 103 basement residential parking spaces, cycle parking and associated basement level plant and servicing provision | Whiteleys Centre Queensway London W2 4YH. Ref no: 15/10072/FULL
02/04/2016 13:09 by Buildington
The joint venture between a Meyer Bergman-advised fund and Warrior Group has submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council seeking to deliver a £1 billion redevelopment of the former Whiteleys department store on Queensway, Bayswater W2.
The plans were submitted in late October.
The JV has been working closely with Westminster City Council on the redevelopment for nearly two years. The proposal involves the demolition of the 1980’s building behind the retained, historic Queensway façade to provide a residential-led, mixed-use development with a new retail and leisure offering. Detailed consideration has been made to the original design by John Belcher and John James Joass in 1911, to combine some of the impressive features with an exciting, contemporary design by Fosters & Partners, which will incorporate the iconic central dome. 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 proposed plans include the construction of more than 100 homes, a mixture of apartments and townhouses. These will be arranged around an attractive inner courtyard with new retail units, a boutique hotel, gym and other enhanced leisure facilities, including a new cinema at basement level.
The scheme will open onto Queensway, which is planned to undergo a £50 million revamp scheduled to begin in early 2016, creating an active frontage for a revitalised retail offering and designed to draw the public into the inner courtyard.
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 JV 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 are planning consultants for the proposed development.
For more information please visit: Whiteleysdevelopment.co.uk
09/11/2015 16:49 by Buildington
Dune London Whiteleys is closing!
Whiteleys shopping centre is a part of the £1bn masterplan that will see Queensway being turned into a “Covent Garden of the West” by 2020. Read more from Evening Standard - Whiteleys’ new owners reveal £1bn masterplan for Queensway http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/whiteleys-new-owners-reveal-1bn-masterplan-for-queensway-8819405.html
27/10/2014 20:59 by Buildington
My-Wardrobe.com store is opening in Whiteley's on June 30! The store will take up 1,200 sq ft of space.
Customers will be able to try on the products from the website before ordering them. They can then either arrange for them to be delivered to an address, or 'click and collect' at the store.
The store will also act as a showroom for members of the fashion press to visit, and the retailer's offices will be situated there too.
Source: Telegraph http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk 21. May 2014
22/05/2014 13:09 by Buildington
Muji Whiteleys has closed.
30/04/2013 20:57 by Buildington
We have added a few photos of the closed Jessops store.
17/01/2013 14:53 by Buildington
Renowned pop artist Peter R. Mason used over 30,000 postage stamps to create the 20ft artwork in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Whiteleys’ centenary year.
Artist Peter Mason, renowned for his portraits of A-list celebrities and politicians, used thousands of recycled stamps to re-create the iconic Machin Stamp portrait.
Peter, who references Pop Art and graphics in his practice, uses the stamps as pixels in a larger image. Scale is paramount in viewing and understanding Peter’s work as he chooses to use postage stamps and place them so that their usual significance becomes obscure, enabling the audience to see ‘art’ with new eyes.
The artwork took over 400 hours to complete and was unveiled by Peter on 25 May 2012 in the Central Atrium.
12/06/2012 00:12 by Buildington