Bringing mindful urban planning to city life

Insights March 31st 2021 in USA, Europe

At Chelsfield, we want to embrace the excitement and pace of normal city living but we also want to build in spaces that are mindful and speak to the quieter sides of people’s needs.

We believe this is important even in the heart of a busy metropolis, where thousands of residents, workers, shoppers and tourists converge each year.

In London’s Knightsbridge, we’ll be encouraging people to dwell in the public courtyard that is being created on Hooper’s Court, at the northern end of The Knightsbridge Estate, for which we are asset and development manager for owner The Olayan Group.

For those looking for a longer sojourn, they will soon be able to head to the terrace of the new roof-top restaurant above One Hooper Court, the 67,000 sq ft office building. Office tenants will also have the option to take a break on their own terrace while those living in the 33 luxury rental apartments will be able to spend time in a peaceful private garden.

Outdoor space is also a priority in Paris. The future occupiers of 50 avenue Montaigne, for which we are asset and development manager for owner The Olayan Group, will have access to plentiful outdoor space with a 5,500 sq ft garden and 16,000 sq ft of terraces.

And, Villa Matignon, a stand-alone Haussmann office building located on rue du Cirque, near the Élysée Palace, will offer its future tenants over 2,600 sq ft of outside space through terraces and a garden.

Finally, in New York, the redevelopment of 550 Madison Avenue, which is owned by The Olayan Group, will leave a lasting legacy for the area. The development, where we are working along RXR, will see the first new public garden being created in East Midtown for more than 50 years. For occupiers and the local community, the 21,300 sq ft park will provide a welcome respite from the densely built Manhattan streetscape.