Kensington Palace’s £34 million basement extension

Kensington Palace has sparked fury after being accused of bending the planning rules on two-storey iceberg basements. Marc Stchedroff, Managing Director for OLBC comments on the grand plans that will transform the heritage property:

“Basements can be one of the most sensitive ways to extend a listed building where there is no archaeological conflict.

A basement can be designed to be practically invisible so that a listed building can be made into a modern family home with very little interference with the historical fabric of the building.

This was historically recognised by English Heritage in its guidance notes for extending listed buildings, since taken over by Historic England.”

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