Wednesday 26 October 2016

Beckhams' air-con plan leaves neighbours hot under collar

Beckhams' London home

David Beckham's cool exterior could be sweating after angering neighbours over plans to install air conditioning at his London mansion.

The Beckhams forked out €44m on the detached Holland Park home in September 2013 - paying for the property in cash.

They have spent the past 18 months preparing plans to transform the unmodernised home into a fine family residence.

But the couple have come across a stumbling block after their next-door neighbour wrote a strongly worded letter objecting to plans for air-conditioning.

They want to install air-con in five rooms, which includes the luxury gym and large wine cellar.

The resident "totally disagrees" with the plans, which "will affect the historic character of the Victorian house of the streets, my house included".

He wrote: "The council must identifed (sic) our deep concerns about all adverse impacts on living conditions from noise, vibration, dirt, pollution and dust from construction and from associated traffic, in addition to concerns about impacts on drainage, on appearance and landscape, on structural stability, and on historic buildings."


The Beckhams have hired designer Rose Uniacke to oversee the project and plans for "internal alterations at all levels" were approved in February this year.

This included the installation of a retractable cinema screen. They also want to re-configure two bathrooms while removing a third-floor guest bathroom to form an extended bedroom and sitting room.

When ready, the Holland Park home will have six bedrooms, a gym, study, office, playroom, cinema and large drawing room.

The first floor will belong to David and Victoria, and boast a huge bedroom, an even bigger dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. A manicure room which was initially proposed is to be replaced with a study.

They submitted a fresh application for air-conditioning in February, with Chelsea Council expected to make a decision on it in the next three weeks.

The Beckhams will also be installing underfloor heating at the home.


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