New pictures uncover how the summary previous Whiteleys strip mall in Bayswater will be renewed as another £1 billion private, retail, feasting and lodging complex.
The 109-year-old Grade II recorded shopping center on Queensway has been shut for a very long time after a time of moderate decrease following the launch of the close by Westfield London shopping center in 2008.
The structure – celebrated for its collonaded exterior and housetop cupulas – has remained on the site since 1911 when Whiteleys was one of London’s first extravagance retail chain.
Under new plans planned by modelers Foster + Partners it will be changed into 139 condos and apartments, 20 new shops and eateries, a film, a huge scope exercise center, and a Six Senses inn and spa – the first in Britain – with 110 rooms, just as its social health club by 2023.
The famous clock and glass dome will be restored and a new public courtyard created in the centre of the building. The grand staircase will be incorporated into the hotel.
Residents in the one to five bedroom homes will have access to a gym, swimming pool, spa, music room, childcare facilities and co-working space.
The project is a joint venture between property investment firm MARK and Hong Kong developer C C Land with luxury homes specialist Finchatton acting as development manager.
Whiteleys, once one of the great department stores of London, was originally founded by Yorkshireman William Whiteley in 1863 and had as its slogan “everything from a pin to an elephant.”
Whiteley was murdered in 1907 but his sons opened the new shop on Queensway in 1911 before the business was bought by arch-rival Gordon Selfridge. It was turned into a shopping mall in 1989 but was virtually an empty shell by the time it closed for good.