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NEWS MIXED USE London resi/hotel/event venue approved


The proposed redevelopment of the Kensington Forum, a new landmark hotel, serviced apartment and conference scheme on Cromwell Road has been granted planning permission by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.


Designed by architects SimpsonHaugh, the proposal will replace the existing 906 room hotel, recognised as a local eyesore, with an “exceptionally high-quality development, said developer Queensgate, providing “outstanding facilities including restaurants, bars, health spa and conference facilities, vital to supporting London’s continued role as a world city and major global destination for business events.” Kensington Forum will also deliver “substantial public benefits for both the local and wider community.” It is hoped it will create over 800 employment opportunities and will include 62 “genuinely affordable” social rented homes, (reportedly worth £90m); it’s


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thought to be the first private development in the capital to deliver 100 per cent ‘genuinely affordable’ homes). This means it meets a “clear and pressing need in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,” commented Queensgate. Alongside the hotel will be a new,


publicly accessible and “sensitively designed” 2,700 m2


garden square


which will be the only publicly accessible green space within a kilometre. A further £2.8m will be put towards public realm improvements around Gloucester Road station.


ADF JULY 2019


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