This historic house had been converted to offices during the wartime evacuation. It has been occupied by Hammersons but will now be converted back to residential. Rebuilt from an earlier townhouse by William Atkinson for the 1st Earl of Derby in 1827-28, it is now grade I listed. During its office life Sir Basil Spence made interior alterations.
The consultancy provided an analysis of the significant features of the building through historical research and site inspection and collaborated with Halpern Architects (now Formation Architects) to find a sensitive way to convert this huge house into apartments. This required a series of meetings with English Heritage and Westminster City Council. Listed building consent was achieved in 2002. Since then, however, the unthinkable has happened; a purchaser plans to restore it into a single house restoring also the old stables courtyard into servants’ quarters.