REDD, the London-Monaco luxury property company, has received planning permission from Westminster City Council for Mayfair’s first ‘COVID-19 compliant’ mixed-use development at 82 Mount Street, a £40 million (GDV) 10,000 sqft scheme with COVID-19 safeguarding and homeworking features, offering a luxury-brand ground floor retail boutique, lower ground floor offices and five upper floors, providing lateral apartments and a penthouse.
Devised after close consultation between REDD, Grosvenor and Westminster City Council both before and during the UK lockdown, 82 Mount Street is the first major Mayfair property development to receive planning consent since the London housing market was restarted two weeks ago.
With development management by REDD, the project’s professional team includes architectural practice Formation Architects – led by Kees van der Sande the team behind the Glebe and the Lots Road Power Station redesign; Savills, advising on planning and heritage; with specification and interiors by Leo Bertacchini of 1508 London.
82 Mount Street is a landmark freehold end-of-terrace Victorian mansion building, located on the corner of Mount Street and Balfour Place. Construction work to redevelop the property into the new mixed-use scheme will start in the Autumn of 2020 with build completion scheduled for late 2021. Off-plan marketing for the three lateral apartments and duplex penthouse will commence in early 2021.
82 Mount Street will feature a spacious new resident’s lobby for the apartments, accessed from Mount Street. The concierge will be set well back to allow for social distancing rules and the latest technology will be applied to the design of the entire development to minimise physical touch points as much as possible.
For example, the state-of-the-art passenger lifts will be designed to be “no touch”, using contactless fobs and pre-programming IT to ensure that only residents and pre-authorised guests have access to the private apartment floors.
In addition, REDD are looking at contactless fobs and voice recognition systems to provide apartment owners with access to both the main entrance to the development and their private apartments.
Within both the communal areas and private apartment living spaces REDD are looking to make finishes and surfaces from anti-viral materials. For example REDD are exploring using materials such as antibacterial copper for key touch point surfaces – because it kills COVID-19 in just four hours, compared to three days for finishes such as steel. REDD are also looking at installing special air filtration systems for the apartments to ensure the highest standards of health and safety.