Uncertainty Over Harvey Nichols Chiswick HQ
Bid being made to convert office building into flats
The continued presence of the headquarters of Harvey Nichols on Chiswick High Road is under question due to a proposal to convert its office building to residential.
The plan has been submitted on behalf of Chiswick Estates Ltd one of the directors of which is Dickson Pearson Guanda Poon who is the son of the owner of Harvey Nichols Sir Dickson Poon.
The administrative offices of the retailer are based at 361-365 Chiswick High Road on the corner of Marlborough Road where the company’s Marketing, Buying, HR, Finance, IT and Online teams are based.
The six storey building currently has 20,000 sq ft of office space as well as 19 flats but the application (PA/2021/2728) seeks to convert the commercial space on the eastern side of the building to 34 flats (8 studio and 26 one bedroom).
As the application is for a change of use under permitted development rights there would be no requirement to provide any affordable units.
The plans show space for 21 cars to be parked in the basement as well as a cycle store and a gym.
A spokesperson for Harvey Nichols said, "The planning application for change of use of our Head Office building has been made in order to protect the value of the asset and to ensure maximum flexibility during this period of economic uncertainty. At this time, we have no plans to alter the current usage of the building."
July 20, 2021