In January, we reported that Stella McCartney had purchased a derelict church near her Notting Hill home and had plans to renovate it and transform it into the first Stella McCartney Ltd boutique. (see January 7) Today it was reported that Stella plans to demolish the 100-year-old church and replace it with a new, modern fashion studio and luxury flat to serve as the London base of her work for Gucci. Stella has submitted the plans to Kensington and Chelsea council and is asking for permission to bulldoze the existing church.
The building is known as Peake House. It was once used as a chapel, but more recently served as a hostel for the homeless. When Stella purchased it last October, it had been vacant for five years. In spite of this, there have been objections to Stella's plans to replace it with a new structure. One resident of the area said, "The building has great character and this would be lost if it was pulled down."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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