Kensington has always retained its strong association to the Royal Family throughout history and remains a neighbourhood aligned with a lifestyle worthy of a sovereign. With King Charles III’s coronation the first to take place in Britain for 70 years, what better time to explore the luxury real estate offering in the heart of this area, a London neighbourhood with inherent royal connections, with Lancer Square. Integral to this regal reputation is Kensington Gardens’ magnificent Kensington Palace, a royal residence once the primary home of King Charles III and Princess Diana, where Prince William and Harry were raised.
Past and Present
Royalty has been deep-rooted within Kensington long before King Charles III’s lifetime, with many monarchs and nobility choosing to spend time in the area. Of particular note is Queen Victoria’s affinity to Kensington Palace – it was here that she was born and lived until her accession. In fact, Queen Victoria’s time at the palace is the very reason Kensington was granted royal borough status in 1901.
In a fusion of the past and present, new luxury development, Lancer Square, is wholly inspired by its noble neighbour, meticulously designed to reflect the symmetry and sophistication of Kensington Palace. Not only is the development a modern-day interpretation of the area’s royal heritage, Lancer Square is also located on the original site of Kensington Palace grounds and kitchen garden, and later the Kensington Barracks, housing cavalry and infantry including the Royal Lancers. The 36 finely crafted homes truly offer residents a unique opportunity to live like royalty and own a piece of British history.
Meet the team
Delivered by Bellworth Developments, and led by Multi-award-winning British architecture and design practice Squire & Partners who developed the Masterplan as well as the interior’s scheme; the scheme is an elegant new addition to the Kensington Palace conservation area.
With such a rich historical foundation, the development celebrates and takes inspiration from the formal courtyards of Kensington Palace and has inspired a series of bespoke branded elements that identify the new timeless courtyard garden. These are woven into the fabric of the buildings – from the external façade, feature screens and ironmongery to the door handles and with each of the residential, office and retail components of the development given its own emblem. Nature plays an intrinsic role throughout the designs for the two residential and office buildings – from material choices such as marble with lively veining that mimics the flow of nature, to the sunken garden courtyard at the heart of the scheme.
The development compromises of 36 finely crafted residences, alongside premium office space and 6 retail units. The entrance experience of the apartments was an important element of the layout design, with feature entrances flooded with daylight. Squire & Partners have introduced an opulent palette of luxurious finishes for the residences, including walnut timber veneer and oak floors.
To enhance the development’s level of luxury, bespoke ironmongery in champagne gold complements Calacatto Oro marble in the master bathrooms and silk georgette in the secondary bedrooms. Bespoke kitchens have been created with contrasting dark bronze slim panels for doors and Calacatto Oro splashbacks. Views out of the apartments are expanded upon with loggias that offer discreet but generous inside-outside living.
Award winning interior design studio 1508 London were appointed to design the development’s show apartment. The studio takes the discerning client on a journey, heightening their senses through the impressive design detail. The studio has achieved flexible living with defined entertaining zones, offering a functional open plan dining space with a linear selection of furniture and soft furnishings. The scheme has been imagined to complement the well-travelled and cultured owner, with collected and curated artefacts thoughtfully placed. Strong materials and textures are complemented by shades of neutrals and white to create a moment of tranquillity and seclusion from the busy London streets.
One of the few new-builds in the area, the development also houses 7,000 sq ft of world class amenities. In addition to a new landscaped courtyard garden, all residents at Lancer Square can enjoy direct access to a range of exclusive on-site amenities including but not limited to: a 20m swimming pool, Steam room and sauna , Vitality Pool, Gym (fully equipped with Technogym equipment), Spa lounge (including a unique luxury shower has bespoke ‘scene’ settings where light, mist, water and aroma work together to create unique sensory experiences), treatment rooms and 24-hour lifestyle concierge services.
To discover more, visit: lancersquare.co.uk
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