Damien Hirst To Build London Basement To House Art Collection

London basement renovations appear to be the order of the day for artist Damien Hirst this year, as he has been granted planning permission by Westminster Council to develop a subterranean storage area for his impressive art collection.

According to the London Evening Standard, his application includes plans to replace a gardener’s cottage that can be found at one end of his property in Regent’s Park, erecting a new building in its stead that would link to the basement… which will have a lift included to help transport heavy works of art.

Westminster Council paperwork shows that although the development was considered “broadly acceptable”, officials believed that it should have been refused because it was “unacceptable” with regards to the local landscape. There were fears that too many trees would have to be cut down in order for the plans to come to fruition.

Part of the approved plans also include refurbishments of both the exterior and interior of the Grade I listed property with new windows, although a request to build a lift shaft outside was rejected.

Hirst isn’t the only one to be considering basement conversions in London at this time. Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea FC, also intends to revamp his home in Kensington, while property developer Marc Samuels recently had to pay the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust £180,000 so that he could keep his basement conversion in north London.

This type of building work is increasingly popular at the moment, as Londoners seek to enhance their living spaces in the face of restrictions that mean they can’t build upwards.