Grade II Listed in Knightsbridge

Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this Grade II listed Knightsbridge property occupies a prominent corner at the junction of Basil Street & Sloane Street. With red brick and Portland stone dressings to four storeys plus a mansard attic of slate and dormer windows, it was principally designed as a commercial building for the Cobb family butchers. A dressmaker and private residents occupied the upper levels.

This corner property is currently undergoing redevelopment to restore original architectural features and reposition the tenant mix towards premium and luxury retail. InsideOut has been appointed for the technical design development, coordination, and construction stages of four high-end residential apartments, each occupying their levels above commercial ground.

Our hands-on approach and attention to detail have given us a level of understanding of the property’s quirks, enabling us to fine-tune spaces, bespoke joinery and coordinate services to enhance the existing qualities of this listed property. Each apartment acquires a unique layout due to the preservation of existing partitions and features. While the rigour required to deliver luxury in a listed building can be consuming, we are excited to oversee the progression through the construction phase that is now in full swing.

One of the most significant changes came from discovering original double doors to the first-floor apartment, hidden within a lined partition. While its position was very close to the proposed single door entrance, retaining the double doors led to acute knock-on effects.

These included refining the lobby space to make it appropriate for access and repositioning a discreet radiator to be made a feature. It also led to storage adjustments and the repositioning of crucial furniture pieces within the adjoining primary bedroom. Although an unexpected curveball, we believe the retainment of this original feature has improved its immediate spaces and outlook.

Since our involvement last year, we’ve worked closely with the Client and Contractor to smooth the transition from tendered information to making homes. Whilst we always like to be involved in projects from inception and concept, this project and others such as Redington Gardens expand our experience, knowledge and preparedness for similar future projects.