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.
The 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)