Completion in 2004 of the Kings Chelsea development at 552 Kings Road, SW10, saw the transformation of the historical college campus of St Mark & St John into a major residential development.
Client European Land had acquired the disused campus, a self-contained 8 acre Conservation Area, from Kings College as part of a complex PFI contract providing new centralized university accommodation elsewhere.
PKSs scheme design on the Chelsea site followed a collegiate model, with a sequence of courtyards of individual character developing out in a spiral configuration from the historic nucleus of the campus. In parallel the architectural treatment developed in stages from the retained Victorian and Edwardian facades through to more contemporary elevations giving onto the wider landscaped areas.
Extensive new construction was complemented by the facade retention of Edwardian buildings and the conversion of listed Victorian ranges into a sequence of town houses. The original grade 1 listed Stanley House of c1691 which had predated the college (and whose earlier occupants included Nelsons Lady Hamilton) was refurbished as a single family mansion.
A public route was retained between Kings Road and Fulham Road with open views over the landscaped grounds of the development.
Providing 289 apartments and town houses, the construction value was around £80m at start on site in 2001. The construction sequence followed the spiral pattern, completing in around three years.