Damien Hirst To Build Swimming Pool In Basement Renovation

Damien Hirst recently had his application for London basement renovations approved by Westminster Council – and it has just been revealed that the artist has applied again, this time to add in a 25-metre swimming pool and yoga room beneath his mansion in Regent’s Park.

According to the Daily Mail, Hirst is keen to dig down another metre so that his basement conversion will have room for a yoga studio, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, with the entire bottom of what is currently just an art gallery needing to be lowered to make room.

The local council approved his initial application in October last year, although the plans did draw some criticism, with some officials describing it as “unacceptable” and saying that the idea should be rejected because of the number of trees that would have to be chopped down to make way for the extension.

Back in 2014, the 50-year-old artist – who is known for works including a diamond-studded human skull and a shark preserved in formaldehyde – paid £39.5 million for his Grade I listed home. It did, however, need modernising, so Hirst submitted plans to replace the caretaker’s cottage and link it to the property by building a mega basement.

Other London mega basements to have been approved in recent weeks and Peter Simon who owns Monsoon and Accessorize, who can now construct a gym, two apartments, a wine cellar and a swimming pool at his property in the capital.


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