Galliard unveil plans to provide luxury new homes in Westminster

Posted 20 August 2013

Residential property developer Galliard Homes will transform the landmark former European Council of Foreign Relations building at 35 Old Queen Street, W1, in the heart of Westminster's "Divisional-Bell" government quarter, into an ultra-premium residential address providing 20 luxury new homes, after acquiring the building for £21m. 

The 2,152sqm building at 35 Old Queen Street, which has a grand brick and stone eight storey façade in the Queen Anne revival style with projecting bays, will feature a selection of two-, three- and four-bedroom lateral apartments complete with marble entrance foyer, concierge and other amenities.

Developed in the early 1900s, 35 Old Queen Street originally provided grand mansion flats occupied by Westminster politicians and wealthy merchants. After 1945 the building was converted into premium offices and served as the London headquarters of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a pan-European body of over 170 members comprised of serving ministers, MPs, EU officials and NATO staff meeting to discuss European foreign policy challenges of the day.

Now Galliard Homes is set to transform the building back into a prestigious residential address, creating new homes which are anticipated to range from 800sqft to 2,000sqft in size and will be built to Galliard's Platinum Specification providing bespoke interiors and joinery, luxurious designer kitchens and plush bathroom suites.

Prices have not been set, but Stephen Conway, chief executive of Galliard Homes, said the Westminster scheme: "will provide Galliard's usual exceptional value for money and the homes will make an outstanding investment for the adroit buyer seeking a home in an outstanding 5-star London location".

David Galman, Sales Director at Galliard Homes said: "Galliard Homes has been buying former government offices and Embassy buildings and we have now assembled a portfolio of over 100 new homes under development or in the pipeline in London's West End.

These diplomatic buildings were built to impress visitors so they tend to have grand facades, opulent foyers and spacious interiors which are ideal for conversion into large luxurious homes. These properties tend to sell strongly to local people, who live in the immediate area, who want brand new homes providing luxury amenities, security and lateral living space, and to overseas purchasers who want a London pied-a-terre in a really central address."


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