Iconic Barkers of Kensington £120m retrofit


The retrofit and redevelopment of a London landmark has been approved to the tune of £120 million. 

CGI of Barkers of Kensington building on High Street Kensington.
Credit: Emrys Architects
by Rory ButlerJanuary 9, 2023

Emrys Architects has won permission to revamp the iconic art deco Barkers of Kensington building on High Street Kensington (HSK), on behalf of Relsa Properties. 

Construction of the 570,000 sq ft Grade II-listed building began in the 1920s and was completed in the 1950s after World War Two. It has seen subsequent refurbishments and alterations since then, in the 1980s and then in 2006 and 2015. 

The Daily Mail, London Evening Standard and Metro newspapers currently occupy its upper floors, while retail outlets are at street level. 

  • Overhauled entrances 
  • New atrium with four glazed lifts 
  • Internal bridges and staircase 
  • New offices 
  • Upgraded façade 
The new atrium.

A new rooftop café and bar with private dining rooms in the iconic Barkers lanterns and fully landscaped terraces are also planned. 

BAM, Sir Robert McAlpine, ISG and Willmott Dixon Interiors are said to be in the running for the works. 

On the job: 

  • Hilson Moran 
  • Civic Engineers 

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