Plans for luxury Westminster nursing home to be approved next week | News
Plans by Squire & Partners to build a luxury care facility in Westminster are due to be given the go-ahead next week.
Medici Lifecare operator’s scheme includes two options, one being a 126-unit care home with library, hydrotherapy pool, art studio, restaurant, shared lounges, quiet rooms and treatment rooms.
The other option in the planning application is for a medical facility, which also includes a hydrotherapy pool as well as 2,800 square meters of post-operative care space, 6,900 square meters of clinical space and 360 square meters of retail.
The 52 Horseferry Road site is surrounded by government offices including the Home Office, Department for Settlement, Housing and Communities, Department for Transport and MI5, along with the headquarters of fashion brand Burberry.
Both options in the scheme would require the demolition of Dean Bradley House, a 1930s building on the Horseferry Road site, and its replacement with a 10-storey building and a three-storey annex.
Squire & Partners said the new plans would replace the existing “inflexible and unsustainable” building with a “low-carbon development using renewable technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions”.
Although the Dean Bradley House is not on the list, it has been designated as a building of merit in the local conservation area.
Squire & Partners argued that the building “does not make a relatively positive contribution” to the conservation area as other nearby buildings and “sits uncomfortably” next to its Grade II listed Edwardian neighbour, Belgravia House.
The practice also criticized the existing building’s “ruthlessly regular” window grille and said that the façade’s gray-brown brick was “dull and inconsistent” with the red-brick facades seen on many other buildings in the area.
In recommending approval of the plans, the Westminster planning officer said the loss of Dean Bradley House and its new build replacement would cause “less than significant damage” to the character and appearance of the local Smith Square Conservation Area.
The officer’s report also listed the “significant” public benefits of the scheme, including the provision of care home units, specialist dementia care units and a case allowing NHS patients access to a hydrotherapy complex.
The proposals are a reorganization of an earlier site approval granted in 2017 to developer Mayfair Charities Limited which has not been carried out, but would see a new office, retail and residential complex built on the site.
The 2017 plans received 21 objections, with many of them centering on the loss of a significant portion of the site’s retail space.