Architect of the Olympic velodrome and engineer appointed to work on mixed-use Belgravia scheme

Grosvenor Place

Olympic velodrome architect Hopkins and engineer Ramboll have been appointed to work up designs for a £250m redevelopment scheme in Belgravia, west London.

Hopkins has won an architectural competition to design the mixed-use scheme at Grosvenor Place, run by joint venture clients Grosvenor and Derwent London. Building understands Hopkins and Ramboll have been appointed to work on early designs for the whole 1.5-acre scheme.

Industry sources suggested the firms are likely to continue working on the project throughout the whole development process.

Grosvenor and Derwent London are proposing to redevelop the existing buildings on the site - which are mainly offices and cover 168,000ft2 of floor space - into a scheme comprising a luxury hotel, office and residential elements.

In a statement in March the clients said there was “potential to increase the floor area significantly upon redevelopment”.

The scheme is one of the largest currently proposed for London’s West End and is in a prime location just south of Hyde Park Corner.

Building revealed in June that Turner & Townsend beat competition from Davis Langdon, Gardiner & Theobald Management Services and Second London Wall to project manage the scheme.

The clients entered a joint venture to redevelop the site in October last year. Derwent London is acting as asset manager, while Grosvenor is acting as development manager.
Subject to planning consent the scheme could commence in 2014.