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Derwent London is pleased to announce that it has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council to create 16 residential units and ground floor retail space totalling 21,400 sq ft at 96-98 Bishop’s Bridge Road W2.

This prominent site, home of the former Queens Cinema, is situated on the corner of Bishop’s Bridge Road and Queensway. The proposals, by architects Stiff + Trevillion, retain the art deco façade and will create 18,700 sq ft (1,740m2) of high-quality apartments and 2,700 sq ft of ground floor retail space. Potential tenants of the retail unit would include art galleries and boutique retailers, building on the success of nearby Notting Hill and Westbourne Grove.

The apartments will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom units ranging in size from 550 sq ft to 1,660 sq ft. A notable element of the scheme is the provision of a new public space on the opposite side of Queensway. Derwent London intends to start construction in early 2013 and completion is expected in late 2014.

Simon Silver, Head of Regeneration at Derwent London, commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to build 16 unique apartments behind this exciting Art Deco façade. The regeneration of this disused building will substantially enhance the local vicinity, adding life to a significant corner site with excellent amenities on the doorstep, including Hyde Park just a few minutes’ walk away.”