An application for a Zaha Hadid-designed scheme at the Magazine Storeyard building in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, W2 has been agreed.
Officer Sue Browne said: “It is Grade II listed and built in the early 19th century and used for storage and park ranger’s facilities. The proposal involves a new gallery with social space and a cafe. The building will be extended to the north to match the existing with a new basement. A modern extension is proposed to the west of the building of a contemporary and lightweight design. Its aim is to create a landmark structure and a new cultural destination in the heart of London.
“Objections have been received on design grounds that it’s at odds with the classical main building. The Knightsbridge Association has expressed concern about the roof and how it will be kept clear of rubbish.
“The works to the listed building are considered acceptable. The western extension will leave the existing building physically intact without competing with it. It is considered the design is of exceptional quality.
“In terms of views there is an impact but any harm to the setting will be slight and offset by its architectural quality and will bring an important listed building back into use.
“Concern has been raised about the loss of the name Magazine and there has been a request for it to be incorporated in the new name.
“In terms of land use there would normally be a presumption against the proposal in this location. However, there is support from amenity societies and the applicant says £600,000 visitors are likely to visit. The proposal will enable an important listed building to be brought back into public use and approval is recommended.”
Cllr Summers said; “It’s quite straightforward. You either like it or you don’t. My opinion was swayed by the benefits of bringing the building back into use so I would be prepared to grant permission.”
Cllr Boothroyd said; “If you commission an architect like this you are going to get this type of structure so I am not surprised it’s contrasting well. The aim to bring it back into use I think is to be welcomed.”
Cllr Robathan said; “It’s to be welcomed. I strongly endorse the name Magazine should be kept in the title. I don’t like the extension. It would be more acceptable to me if it was a completely separate building. I think the view from the north is particularly awful.
“I would be interested in detailed design advice. Does it have to be as bright white as in the photos? Could it be toned down?”
Design officer Matthew Pendleton replied; “I understand the material roof is constructed from is Teflon coated glass and it’s naturally bleached by the ultra violet light which helps to keep it clean and that means it will always be quite bright finish to it.”
Cllr Robathan said; “It’s to be welcomed that it’s to be renovated but it’s not to my personal taste.”
The application was approved.
The applicant and the agent was DP9