12 June 2017
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is investing £1.9 million in significant public realm improvements to the Terrace of the historic Grade I listed Holland House, situated in the heart of Holland Park.
The works will include major landscaping for the Terrace in front of Holland House, re-alignment of the service road and an improved and larger outdoor seating area for the café.
Features will include better use of space, improved safety and better visibility of Holland House from the park.
Royal Borough Cabinet Member for Environment, Environmental Health, Leisure and Arts, Cllr Timothy Coleridge, said: “Holland Park is a popular focal point for entertainment in the Royal Borough, including the ever-popular Opera Holland Park.
“This investment in Holland House will further enhance the park’s reputation and create high-quality amenities that many future generations will be able to enjoy.”
These will be the first major works to the area immediately in front of Holland House since London County Council took responsibility for Holland Park after the Second World War.
The scheme drawn up by Landscape Architects, Camlin Lonsdale, was widely consulted upon in summer 2016, with the amended plans reflecting feedback. Planning permission was granted in April this year and the works will start on site this September and are expected to be completed by the end of April 2018.
Blakedown Landscapes, which has a track record in delivering similar public realm improvements, has been appointed to undertake the works.