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Multi-million pound mansion makeover gets green light

Words: Huw Morris
Aerial view of Hyde Park

A Hong Kong property tycoon has gained planning permission from Westminster City Council to rebuild a seven storey private mansion next to Hyde Park.

Cheung Chung-kiu has gained permission to partly demolish and reconstruct 2-8A Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge. He bought the 5,800 square metre property for £205 million last year. Westminster said the proposal falls outside its ban on new homes over 200 square metres.

The property was built as four grand family homes before being converted into one house in the 1980s. The previous owner was Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia who died in 2011.

Under the proposal, the property will have a triple-height ballroom, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a two-level basement for Cheung’s collection of luxury cars. The overall height of the building will increase from 41.7 metres to 46.5 metres.

The council had imposed a ban on "Monopoly board-style" residences in 2019 to free up space for affordable homes. As this site was previously a single home, planning rules allow it to be replaced.

The redevelopment would raise close to £1 million in community infrastructure levy.

The 45-bedroom house is south of Kensington Gardens and 68 of its 116 windows have a view of Hyde Park. The building has been vacant for at least 10 years.

Cheung is chairman of property development company CC Land, which bought the Cheesegrater in the City of London for £1.15 billion in 2017.

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