PROPERTY WATCH: Lancer Square: new sophisticated residences with royal connections
SPRING 2020 saw the launch of Lancer Square, a much-anticipated new addition to the Kensington Palace Conservation Area. Located on the site of the former Kensington Palace Barracks, Lancer Square is being thoughtfully transformed into 36 finely crafted residences, with access to an outstanding suite of amenities including a 25-metre swimming pool, spa, state-of-the-art gym, secure underground parking and 24-hour dedicated concierge service. Arranged across two blocks, the apartments range from one- to four-bedrooms and are accessed via landscaped courtyards inspired by neighbouring Kensington Gardens. Residents can also enjoy direct access into the Palace Gardens via a quiet footpath.
Topping out of the building took place in September 2019, and the first residents are expected to move in from early 2021. Leading Lancer Square is the developer Lancer Square Limited, an associate company of LGB Group and its property arm, Malaysian-based Bellworth Developments, and development managers, CIT. Painstaking care and attention to detail has been paid to the build, with a lengthy review process for every material selected to ensure that Lancer Square fits seamlessly into its surroundings on completion.
Kevin Kuok, CEO of Bellworth Developments, comments, “We have collaborated with expert partners on the construction, design and project management of the building to create a new landmark which we hope will form an important part of Kensington’s legacy. We look forward to welcoming residents to Lancer Square, each of whom will have the rare and privileged opportunity to live on the doorstep of Kensington Palace.”
Design has been undertaken by award-winning architecture and design practice, Squire and Partners, and is a contemporary interpretation of the architectural character typical of the Kensington Palace Conservation area. The natural, two-tone brick palette used on Lancer Square’s façade pays homage to the varying brown and red brick of Kensington Palace, as well as the traditional vertical window proportions, horizontal stone banding and brick columns of the Palace. A new landscaped public garden, visible from Kensington Church Street, continues the tradition of west London garden squares, and references the former use of the site as the Kensington Palace kitchen garden.
Known for its village feel and relaxed charm, Kensington Church Street is one of London’s most cherished addresses, with a lovely selection of independent shops, restaurants and businesses, alongside established luxury brands.