London’s Design Museum opens the doors to its new home


Our team: Mark Harnett


Fladgate LLP is delighted that after a four-year transformation, London’s Design Museum has opened the doors to its new home on Kensington High Street.  After an £83m renovation, the now converted Commonwealth Institute will display the museum’s permanent exhibition for free for the first time in its history and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors a year.

Planning partner Mark Harnett advised the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on an agreement entered into with the developer Chelsfield and others in connection with the grant of planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment and alteration of the Commonwealth Institute and the associated residential development which funded the cost of refurbishing the Institute building.

Fladgate has an established practice acting for clients in the public attraction and museum sectors, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum.  In addition, some of the firm’s earliest instructions relate to this sector, including acting as solicitors to the Commissioners for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and an instruction from Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in 1862, to help set up the Smithsonian Institution.

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