South Kensington Station

ClientTfL
LocationRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Services

Background

South Kensington Station has a 50-year history of stalled development and planning refusals. Residents have benefited from open views over the station since demolition took place in the early 1970s for an aborted hotel tower development.

Key project information

Transport for London is seeking to secure consent for improvements and additional development at and around South Kensington Station. The station is listed which makes change difficult.

How we assisted

Based on our extensive experience of operating in the Royal Borough, we were appointed to manage the process of stakeholder engagement, forming a Consultative Working Group that has met monthly for the past year.

The Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation has also been briefed on three occasions at six-monthly intervals and a presentation was made to ward councillors and members of the planning committee. A presentation followed by Q&A for over 100 local residents was held at the Christie’s South Kensington showroom which proved to be well received.

Outcome

There is now a high level of trust among the participants in this group and an understanding of the proposals for improving the station and building around it.

A listed building application was submitted in summer 2017 and we are awaiting a decision.