Demolition of the existing structures has commenced, and this is due for completion in March 2018 to allow the piling works to progress. A summary programme of the targeted dates for the remainder of the works is set out below:
- March-September 2018 will involve the piling and basement works with the tower crane going up in September 2018 to commence the superstructure works.
- The building envelope will commence in January 2019.
- Completion is targeted in Q4 2019.
The Chairman of the Chelsea Society’s Planning Committee had met on 1st February 2017 with the Architect and Planning Consultants acting for the owner, Mr. Howard Raymond.
Planning permission was given for the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new mixed-use building including retail (Use Class A1), cinema (Use Class D2) and residential units (Use Class C3). A Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) has been provided to RBKC.
The Planning Consultants have been requested to liaise with the owners of the Curzon cinema on the King’s Road, which is also being redeveloped, so as to minimise the period of time that both cinemas are closed.
The new building will provide three cinemas, with a total capacity of c200 seats, which should be sufficient for the cinema audiences normally attracted in Chelsea. For films which attract a particularly large audience, the film could be shown on all three screens at the same time. It is likely that the cinemas will be leased to the Everyman Cinema company, who do not currently have a presence in the Borough.
The entrance will be, as now, at the corner of Kings Road and Old Church Street, where there will be a box office and/or ticket-machines. A staircase and a lift will then lead to the first floor, where there will be a café/restaurant with windows overlooking the King’s Road, and with entrances to the three cinemas. When not in use for public performances, the cinemas could be available for hire by local organisations and companies for lectures and/or films. Perhaps The Chelsea Society will hold lectures there.
The building will be much more attractive than the present building, and it will be no higher than the general roof-line on that part of the King’s Road. There will be shops at ground level on the King’s Road, and there will be eleven flats above the cinemas, separated from the cinemas by specially designed acoustic insulation. In the basement there will be parking space for eights cars, together with the heating and air-conditioning equipment and administrative offices.
A Planning Application was made on 8th February 2017 for Non-material amendment to planning permission 14/07843 (Demolition of building and structures and construction of mixed use building comprising 4 storeys over ground and basement levels, including retail (Use Class A1), cinema (Use Class D2) and 11 residential units (Use Class C3) along with ancillary car and cycle parking, plant and other associated works (MAJOR APPLICATION)) to increase floor void; provision of an additional M & E riser; additional vertical louvre; increased height of approved vertical louvre; changes to M & E boiler flue; further development to copper cladding; increase in height of lift overrun plinth; changes to windows of residential units; and addition of satellite dishes.
To find out more details about this application, click on this link to RBKC site
Permission was granted on 27th February 2017 subject to a s.106 Agreement. See http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/planning/searches/details.aspx?address=&streetname=&postcode=&ward=&consarea=&caseyear=&casenumber=&proposal=&decisionyear=&decisionmonth=&appealref=&batch=20&id=PP/16/08494&type=decision&tab=tabs-planning-1