New Gagosian Gallery Mayfair, London, 20 Grosvenor Hill, Building, English Design

New Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair

20 Grosvenor Hill Building design by TateHindle Architects

27 Nov 2013

New Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair, London

Architect TateHindle helps Grosvenor gain planning approval for new Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair

Location: Westminster, central London, UK

Architects: TateHindle

Westminster City Council has granted planning consent for the recladding and remodelling of 20 Grosvenor Hill. The building is owned by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor), which was assisted with its planning application by architects TateHindle. The ground and first floor will become a new Gagosian Gallery.

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Built in the mid-1960s, the former Savills head office is close to Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Street and Davies Street in the heart of the Mayfair Conservation Area.

TateHindle is responsible to Grosvenor for the external appearance and the remodelling of the structure, including sections to be rebuilt. Gagosian Gallery has appointed Caruso St John Architects for the internal design and fit-out. Grosvenor is also working alongside BDP and investing in public realm improvements around the site, linking with the public realm works at neighbouring 50 Grosvenor Hill.

Externally, the podium will be clad in handmade Roman bricks, which are elongated and flatter that standard stock, with a lime mortar. This will give a very textured look and feel. Slab and panel features will be replicated from the adjacent tower at Grosvenor Hill Court to echo its architecture so the building can be read as a whole. The light grey coloured brickwork will make the podium distinctive but complementary to the tower. In order that the gallery can control internal lighting, there are few windows except large, statement vitrines.

Internally, the first floor slab will be removed on the west side to create a double height gallery, with a single storey of offices and private viewing rooms at first floor level on the east side.

Andrew Tate, director of TateHindle, said: “We have worked closely with Grosvenor and the Gagosian Gallery and its team to design a high quality external envelope that satisfies the demands of an art gallery. The building will contribute significantly to its context and revitalise Grosvenor Hill to the benefit of its community and local stakeholders.”

New Gagosian Gallery Mayfair – Background

TateHindle was founded in 1991 by experienced architects Andrew Tate and James Hindle. The focus is firmly on providing imaginative solutions through combining design flair and a pragmatic commercial approach. The AJ100 firm has worked repeatedly for major developers such as British Land, The Crown Estate, M&G Real Estate, Grosvenor, Schroders, Countryside Properties and others on high-profile projects across commercial, residential, retail and leisure projects.

Significant schemes include a major mixed-use refurbishment that forms part of the St James’s Market regeneration; the 12 storey, 92,000 sq ft New Fetter Place office development by Holborn Circus; the delivery of The Triton Building at Regent’s Place; and Long Road, Clay Farm near Cambridge, a 2013 project winner in the Housing Design Awards.

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. The core portfolio comprises 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in London, which first came into the Grosvenor family in 1677. Ownership and active management of its London estate remains at the heart of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s strategy. Investment assets comprise the largest part of its portfolio. Grosvenor Britain & Ireland also undertakes development across London, and in selected city centres around the UK. As at 31 December 2012, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £4.8bn

New Gagosian Gallery

Planning permission granted for new Gagosian Gallery at Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair

London, 27 November 2013: Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is pleased to announce that planning permission was granted last night for the new Gagosian Gallery at 20 Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair. Westminster City Council approved the plans by architects TateHindle for the creation of an exquisite, double height commercial art gallery in the heart of the Mayfair Conservation Area.

The building was previously occupied by Savills and a pre-let was signed between Grosvenor and Gagosian before planning was submitted in August 2013. The deal is on a 20 year lease, with a break clause after 15 years. The length of the lease reflects both Grosvenor and Gagosian’s commitment to Mayfair and the continued regeneration of Grosvenor Hill.

Ian Morrison, development director for Grosvenor’s London estate said: “We’re really excited to be working with Gagosian to create a preeminent commercial art gallery for London and we are delighted that Westminster City Council has given us the go-ahead. Our vision is to build upon the work we started at fifty Grosvenor Hill with its associated public realm and public art and to embrace the artisian heritage of this location through the design ambition of the proposed building and public realm. Working with TateHindle and Gagosian we are creating a vibrant new place in London for people to live, work and visit and enhancing the connectivity from Bond Street and Grosvenor Street to Berkeley Square and Mount Street.”

Gary Waterston, Director of Gagosian Gallery, commented “with planning permission now granted, we enter an exciting phase with our partners at Grosvenor as the plans and drawings become reality. The hard work done by Caruso St John, TateHindle and all the design team shall now pay dividend as we move quickly ahead in creating what we hope shall be a landmark space to view art in the heart of Mayfair”.

Work is anticipated to start on site in January 2014. Grosvenor will then hand over the building to Gagosian for them to complete their fit out, with their interiors being designed by Caruso St John, who have just completed the successful refurbishment of Tate Britain, before the gallery opens.

Grosvenor has a pipeline of 170,000 sq ft of new office developments in London’s Mayfair, which will be delivered in time to meet the pent-up demand for space in prime locations. Schemes include 69 Grosvenor Street, 20 Grosvenor Street and 33 Davies Street, which are all on site, and 65 Davies Street, which was granted planning consent earlier this month.

New Gagosian Gallery, London – Further Information

Grosvenor Group
Grosvenor is a privately-owned property group with offices in 19 of the world’s most dynamic cities. We have regional investment & development businesses in Britain & Ireland, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Our international fund management business operates across all these markets and also Continental Europe. We also have indirect investments, managed centrally. As at 31 December 2012, the Group had total assets under management of £12.2bn. Unusually for a private company, Grosvenor publishes a full Annual Report & Accounts, available at:

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