Duke’s Lodge, 80 Holland Park
The DIA Historic Buildings Consultancy team were appointed by CPC Group Ltd to provide a Historic Building Report in support of proposals by architects Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands for the demolition and replacement of Duke’s Lodge, an unremarkable Neo-Georgian-style interwar mansion block, with a new apartment block designed to appear as five ‘villa-style’ properties. The architectural style of the proposed building is contemporary, but based on an understanding of the local architectural character in the area which is defined by a cohesive enclave of 19th-century residential villas. The proposals were presented to the Royal Borough of Kensington Planning Committee with officer recommendation for approval but were refused and subsequently sent to the Planning Inspectorate for review via a public inquiry.
DIA acted as expert witness on heritage issues at the public inquiry, arguing against RBKC’s decision that the proposals would be harmful to the conservation area and the setting of neighbouring heritage assets. The Inspector allowed the appeal, agreeing with our assessment that the proposals by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands would enhance the Holland Park Conservation Area and preserve the setting of nearby designated heritage assets.