David and Victoria Beckham have won planning permission to revamp their historic West London mansion because bits of it are at risk of falling apart. The work will fix a crumbling terrace and garden steps at the back of the five-storey Victorian home in Holland Park.
It is feared a raised terrace reached from the hallway and garden steps at the rear of the Grade II listed property could collapse. Weather damage and general wear and tear is said to be the cause. Photographs from the planning application show the terrace is being held up by steel poles.
Properties on the Beckhams’ street are all listed due to their historic value and the owners have to follow strict rules if they want to carry out any work. A report on the heritage of the Beckhams ‘ house says: “The houses in Holland Park are the ultimate expression of high Victorian exuberance… as well as their glorious iron and glass canopies and balcony railings. Care should be taken to keep the walls pale cream and not stray into greys, yellows, pinks or indeed any other colour.”
READ MORE: Inside oligarch’s £50m London mansion which was occupied by squatters
(Image: Kensington & Chelsea Council/Michael Ergatoudis)
A Kensington and Chelsea Council planning report says: “The purpose is to reinstate the terrace, which is considered structurally unsound… The existing rear terrace and top section of the stairs leading down to the garden are in poor structural condition due to wear resulting from age, water ingress, cracking and spalling due to frost damage.”
Engineers inspected the terrace and recommended no one uses it until it is fixed. It has been propped up with tough steel and timber supports to stop it collapsing and potentially damaging the historic building, including the original cast iron railings.
A report by council officers says the repairs will protect an important feature of the building and preserve its historic value.