Chandos House is a Grade I listed building and is currently empty after the Royal Society of Medicine vacated the property in June 2020. The owner has identified an opportunity to ensure long-term investment in Chandos House and has so far discussed these with Westminster City Council and Historic England.
Key to this will be the introduction of The John Collection, a collection of of memorabilia relating to Battle of Britain aircrew which includes medals, logbooks and photographs. It is the leading such collection worldwide.
As is the case with so many museums, delivering this vision is reliant on cross-subsidy. In this instance this is achievable by housing other activities at lower ground, second and third floors, which are the least sensitive parts of the building with respect to heritage. This will include office space at lower ground level and a cosmetic clinic to the second and third floors.
Our proposals to achieve this have been carefully designed to have as little impact as possible on the historic fabric of the building.
This online consultation aims to ensure the local community is able to have their say in advance of a planning application being submitted to Westminster City Council.
You can view our online exhibition boards detailing the proposals by clicking the link below.
Once you have viewed the boards, please let us have your feedback by clicking the ‘Have Your Say’ tab below.
The proposed alterations are limited primarily to the basement level and the second and third floors of the building, which are the least sensitive parts of the building and have already undergone various C20th and C21st refurbishments.
As well as helping ensure the long-term success of Chandos House there is an overall vision to create a unique ‘dual’ heritage experience by offering specialist visitors bespoke access to The John Collection within the elegant setting of this Grade I listed residence.
Our proposals include:
Lower ground floor (basement) - The removal of the inserted bathrooms and partitions forming bedrooms to accommodate office space. - Simplify the sub-division of space and to reform the large open vaulted spaces that were historically used as Butler’s Parlour and Offices resulting in a heritage benefit.
Ground and first floors - Minor revisions to accommodate The John Collection and provide access to the public (by appointment only) to the principle rooms.
Second and third floors - Internal work to accommodate a cosmetic clinic where non-surgical procedures will take place. - Internal revision include the removal of bathroom pods from the C21st refit along with the removal of other modern fittings previously installed. - The general proposal is to remove C21st inserted material and to repair historic fabric.
External works - Restricted to measures necessary to secure cycle parking, which is envisaged to be accommodated in the front and rear lightwells.
The John Collection is a collection of of memorabilia relating to Battle of Britain aircrew which includes medals, logbooks and photographs. It is the leading such collection worldwide.
The John Collection has a direct connection to the local community and the ongoing association of Harley Street and Marylebone with pioneering medical work. The collection includes historic material regarding Sir Archibald McIndoe who, through his pioneering techniques with plastic surgery on Battle of Britain fighter pilots, came to establish the modern practise of cosmetic surgery.
The John Collection at Chandos House will combine these remarkable heritage assets to provide an unparalleled immersive experience in the collection and its surroundings. The overall vision is to create a unique ‘dual’ heritage experience, offering specialist visitors bespoke access to The John Collection within the elegant setting of this Grade I listed C18th residence, Chandos House.
An initial market appraisal suggests that The John Collection at Chandos House could anticipate 1,000-1,500 visitors annually on opening, with the potential to grow over time with the future introduction of paid staff.
Visits will be by appointment only. The style of the visitor experience will be highly personalised conveying the feeling of being in a tranquil private residence, with bespoke curatorial tours or self-guided access in small groups.