The Pantechnicon building at 19, Motcomb Street in Belgravia in the capital has been leased by the development and management company Grosvenor Britain and Ireland to Pantechnicon (London) Limited. The owners of Pantechnicon (London) – Stefan Turnbull and Barry Hirst – already operate three Cubitt House hospitality venues in Belgravia, namely The Orange, the Grazing Goat and the Thomas Cubitt.
Pantechnicon (London) have announced plans to turn the building into a ‘contemporary fashion emporium’ which will include a bar, café and restaurant.
The 12,000 square feet building was built in the 1830s in a ‘Greek revival’ style that was popular at the time, and now has Grade II Historic England listing. The three-storey building will be transformed to create a flexible restaurant and retail arena in line with other exclusive offerings on Motcomb Street, hopefully gaining the Pantechnicon building an enhanced reputation as one of London’s most exquisite retail destinations.
The basement of the newly-developed building will be made suitable to house a café or bar. The double-height mezzanine level, the ground floor and the connected spaces on the first floor will allow for open-plan retail space.
The second floor will house a restaurant, and the rooftop glass terrace will provide the perfect opportunity for open-air drinks and dining.
The director of Pantechnicon (London), Stefan Turnbull, said: “Barry (Hirst) and I are delighted to have been chosen for this exciting project and we very much look forward to working with Grosvenor. The relationship between retail and hospitality continues to evolve in order to meet ever more sophisticated customer expectations and we look forward to the challenge of creating a world class food and shopping experience in Belgravia. This is a good news story for Motcomb Street, to which a revived Pantechnicon will bring vibrancy and enhanced footfall.”
The location director of North Belgravia at Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, Simon Elmer, said: “This is terrific news for both Motcomb Street and Belgravia. Stefan and Barry have over ten years’ experience of operating successful venues in Belgravia and have a real feel for, and understanding of, the area’s reputation as a special and unique place to visit. We think they will do an excellent job turning the Pantechnicon into a fashion and culinary hub, attracting people from around London and beyond. We have a long-term interest in making Motcomb Street a great place to live, work and visit and the Pantechnicon will be another major step towards this.”
This exciting redevelopment of the Pantechnicon building will commence late in 2015, with the opening scheduled for Q1 2016. Grosvenor have also announced their intentions to improve the public areas in Motcomb Street prior to the opening of the newly-developed building. The company will be working on new planning designs for the area both with the local community and Westminster City Council over the next few months.