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Rigby & Rigby secures rare central London planning permission

Rigby and Rigby has secured first-time planning approval for an innovative stacking car lift, which takes a client’s vehicle from pavement to lower ground level in one of West London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods; one of only a handful of occasions when such a permission has been granted within the setting of a listed building and Conservation Area

Over twelve months, working in partnership with the project’s construction engineers, planning consultants and heritage consultants, Rigby and Rigby’s architectural practice developed a very high quality design, appropriate to the building’s listed status and one which would not be detrimental to the appearance of the property or street. The team also sought to earn the trust of the planning authority by providing detailed and extensive evidence to support the application, including construction method statements and 3D visualisations of the finished lift.

An extensive redevelopment of the building is already underway, including a significant basement extension, for which planning permission already existed when the client acquired the property. However, the client was keen to create an invisible parking system within the property, and so Rigby and Rigby began work to secure planning approval in tandem with commencement of the main development project.

Iain Johnson, Head of Residential at Rigby and Rigby, said: “This is a fantastic example of what makes the Rigby and Rigby team different. The collaboration between different disciplines to achieve a high-quality proposition, the commitment and determination to realise the vision that our client has for the property and the sheer tenacity to deliver everything the planners required – making the permission hard to refuse.”