Nothing for the locals
FULL details of the £400 million revamp of one of London’s largest and most famous blocks of flats are revealed today — but its American owners aren’t saying how many of 200 new homes in the plan will be affordable.
Dolphin Square — which has been home to princesses, politicians, spies and actors over the last 80 years — is to be reconfigured and partly rebuilt to add new townhouses, flats and serviced apartments to its existing 1,106 rental flats and 124 serviced apartments.
A new underground swimming pool and sports facilities, plus extra shops, will also be built at the sevenand-a-half-acre Pimlico site, and a grand new vaulted entrance has been designed by Eric Parry Architects.
The plans by Westbrook Partners for Dolphin Square, which was built in the Thir- ties and has barely been changed since, are now being studied by Westminster council. A decision is expected later this year.
Despite submitting almost 300 planning documents to the council, Westbrook has declined to say how many of the new homes will be earmarked for people who would otherwise be priced out of the area, other than to promise it will designate the “maximum possible”.
A report by its planning consultants, DP9, says Dolphin Square already provides a “different form of accessible low-cost housing”, a reference to the block’s original role providing affordable rented homes to locals who wanted to be able to walk to work. The council requires about a third of new homes to be affordable. Dolphin Square’s past residents have included Princess Anne, Soviet spy John Vassall and Carry On actor Sid James.
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£400m revamp: a grand new entrance and 200 new homes are envisaged for Thirties-built Dolphin Square in Pimlico