Planning nod for Ergon House demolition

St Edward Homes, Berkeley Group’s JV with Prudential’s M&G Real Estate, has bagged planning consent to build 161 new apartments in two blocks on Horseferry Road and Millbank in the heart of SW1’s Smith Square Conservation Area.

Horseferry_Road, scheme involves the full demolition of Ergon House on Horseferry Road and partial demolition of the Grade II listed 9 Millbank. Ergon House, which was built in 1927 and used to by the HQ of ICI, will be replaced by an eight-storey building housing 18-21 units, and a gatehouse on Dean Bradley Street will also be converted into a single residence.

Westminster Planning Officer Matthew Mason: “Officers’ recommendation is for approval including the demolition of Ergon House. While Ergon House is of historic interest, it has been heavily compromised.”

The building was knocked around a bit in eighties but, despite this, Mayor Boris was not keen on a total demolition, arguing that “original elements should be retained.” He lost that one.

The developer will be paying £3.25m contribution to the Passage homelessness scheme, and another £317m for education and carbon offset.

St Edward’s other schemes include 375 Kensington High Street and its flagship super-high-end project, 190 Strand, with units from £2.935m to £14.06m.

Image of Ergon House by MJ Reilly (Creative Commons licence)