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Natural History Museum secures planning permission for grounds redevelopment

04 August 2016

The Natural History Museum has had planning permission granted for the comprehensive redevelopment of the museum’s grounds in South Kensington.

Advised by the Deloitte Real Estate planning team, the proposal will for the first time create a unified landscape setting for the Grade I listed Waterhouse Building. It will create a new civic square, shop and restaurant; create a new step-free entrance to the Museum from the South Kensington station tunnel; and completely remodel the grounds with new paths, ponds, terraces, meadows and biodiverse planting.

The centre piece of the project will be the life size model of ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus who will graze in a Jurassic planting scheme.
Adam Donovan, assistant director at Deloitte Real Estate, commented: ‘This planning permission represents two years of close consultation with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, local residents and a range of stakeholders. The innovative scheme provides a comprehensive landscape masterplan for the museum whilst providing a sensitive setting for the Grade I listed Waterhouse Building.’

Deloitte Real Estate Planning coordinated the applications for planning permission and listed building consent and led the stakeholder engagement strategy. The proposals were developed by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Kim Wilkie Landscape Architects over a two year period in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.


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