Planning Permission achieved for 3 Down Street Mews in Mayfair, Westminster


On 9 June 2011, Westminster City Council unanimously granted planning and listed building consent for two new private residential schemes at 3 Down Street Mews in Mayfair. 

The council was extremely complimentary on the design for the redevelopment; a former annex building to the Calvary and Guards club. Considered by Westminster City Council to be an architectural gem and a contemporary addition to the Mayfair Conservation Area, the council stated that they are keen to promote more of this quality of design within Westminster.

The committee applauded the sustainability credentials of the design, which is likely to be one of the first, if only, Level 4, Code for Sustainable Homes projects in Westminster, delivering high performance, a double skin glass façade, green roof, ground source heat pumps and generous floor to ceiling heights.

The two substantial private residences are located within a quiet mews street adjacent to Green Park.  They will incorporate three basements levels containing a gym, swimming pool and an automated parking system.  Both proposed dwellings are clearly identified by two translucent and glowing forms amongst the dense and complex urban context. Light and privacy are balanced through the optimal use of the solar orientation of the site to all habitable rooms via translucent panels and clear openings. New interaction has been created between the street and the mews, and the new buildings will be ‘viewed as light at the end of the tunnel’.

Scott Brownrigg’s Planning team acted as agents and advised on policy issues on behalf of the client.

Scott Brownrigg Group Director, Richard McCarthy who led the scheme design said:
“We are delighted with the comments received by the council, and that they consider the scheme “notable, imaginary and perfect for the location”, all those involved in the project believe it will enhance and influence future design within the Mayfair area” 

The project is due to go onsite late this year, with completion in 2012.