Belgrave Square is one of the grandest of London’s 19th century squares. Bordering on Knightsbridge, it gives its name to, and is acknowledged to be the centrepiece of Belgravia. It was laid out in the 1820s by the property contractor Thomas Cubitt for the 2nd Earl Grosvenor, later the 1st Marquess of Westminster. Most of the houses were occupied by 1840. The Embassy of Spain’s Consular building, the grandest of all the buildings in the square, sits alone at the junction of Belgrave Place and Belgrave Square. This extraordinary building was in exceptionally poor condition for a property of such importance. Kenyon was chosen for its experience of listed building restoration and its commitment to the use of traditional building techniques. The stucco work throughout the building was removed and replaced by an exact reproduction, as were the entrance columns supporting the front portico. Following the renovation of the façade, complete decorations were undertaken. A full replacement of the old roof covering was also provided.
Security protocols at this high profile property were strictly enforced. Regular diplomatic events took place during the course of the works and Kenyon’s programming needed to be flexible to accommodate the requirements of the Ambassador and his staff.
The Ambassador was delighted with the quality of Kenyon’s work and the excellent relationships that had been developed with his staff. Shortly after completion of the contract Kenyon was selected to undertake the extensive refurbishment of the Ambassador’s private residence in Pimlico.