The Residences at Mandarin Oriental is a modern residential development in Knightsbridge, London, on the site of the former Bowater House office building (originally built in the late 1950s). The site is located between South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park to the north, Knightsbridge to the south, and between the adjacent Wellington Court to the west and Mandarin Oriental Hotel to the east.
The development delivers 86 residential apartments and duplexes and three retail boutiques within four interlinked pavilions. These step up in two-storey increments to give, from west to east, buildings of 10, 12, 14, and 12 storeys respectively. It also incorporates reception, business suite and exclusive leisure facilities for the residential component of the scheme which are managed by a dedicated Residences at Mandarin Oriental team, as well as substantial additional leisure and service space that has been created for Mandarin Oriental Hotel and is separate to residential leisure facilities. There are three retail units at ground-floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. In total, approximately 370,700ft2 (34,340 m2) of residential and 9,000ft2 (836 m2) of retail space is offered by the development. The scheme also provides 139 vehicle and 114 cycle spaces across two basement levels.
In addition, the development provides a substantial proportion of high-quality affordable housing in the City of Westminster on a separate site within the borough. Peel House, Pimlico, comprises 70 homes – 66 apartments and four townhouses – and goes beyond the adopted local, regional, and national planning policy in terms of its quality. Peel House is one of the largest affordable housing schemes to be delivered in Westminster in recent years. The former Police training quarters has been restored and renovated to the highest standard by a group of leading consultants.