We hear design studio 1508 London has scooped another high-profile project in central London.
PrimeResi understands the firm has been appointed as interior designer for the £1bn Old War Office development in Whitehall, one of the most important schemes in the PCL pipeline.
The Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos bought the Grade II* listed landmark for £350m in December 2014 (following a fierce bidding war) and went on to bag planning for a 580,000 square foot mixed-use reinvention designed by EPR Architects.
In June of this year, AccorHotels Group confirmed the five-star hotel element will be operated as The Raffles Hotel in London – the first Raffles-branded operation in the UK – and now it appears the resi team is being assembled…
According to a source close to the project, 1508 will be designing all 88 super-prime apartments and their extensive amenities as part of the three-year redevelopment programme, which follows a series of high-profile commissions for the Westminster-based firm, including Chelsea Barracks.
Partner Hamish Brown wouldn’t be drawn on the specific appointment, but told us: “Whilst we can’t comment on individual projects, we are pleased to have been appointed on several high profile luxury London developments recently, reflecting our position as a market leader in our signature design of understated luxury. We have a top team of designers able to meet the extremely high standards of luxury living in London, in addition to numerous other major development projects elsewhere in Europe and further afield in Asia and the Middle East. Business has been strong for us on the commercial side and our pipeline of new business suggests that will continue for some time to come.”
The 1906 building, which currently has around 1,100 rooms across seven floors, linked by nearly two miles of corridors, was once the stomping ground of political giants including Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence. It was also the haunt of the British Secret Service (who had their own, more discreet entrance). The site was declared surplus to requirements by the MOD in 2013 as part of a cost-cutting drive and went up for sale shortly afterwards, attracting around 25 bids.
CGIs courtesy of EPR Architects