The rebuilding of Devonshire House in the 1920s swapped the musty atmosphere of an English aristocrat’s town palace for the efficient luxury of contemporary New York.
Its architects, Carrere & Hastings had cut their teeth on the house for H. C. Frick and his art collection on Fifth Avenue and knew that you provide at least as many bathrooms as you have bedrooms. Lifschutz Davidson’s refurbishment for Land Securities although not quite as dramatic, aims to increase the value of the development.
A 1980s makeover rebuilt the basement, using a series of pad foundations which were joined together to make a raft. This gave enough strength to put extra floors on the roof which we may be able to exploit further. Internally the original structure of steel frame and concrete slabs appears adequate and may offer scope for some tweaking, especially where it creates more usable spaces or supports the new M & E installation, which is the principal driver of extra value.
Redevelopment of a London mansion house to consolidate and maximise value
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
£ 30 million