Rare education redevelopment opportunity in Kensington & Chelsea

  • 3rd June 2024

The school is in a Grade II-listed building

Global property consultancy, Knight Frank, has been appointed by The Froebel Trust to bring to market a rare freehold education redevelopment or refurbishment opportunity in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, for a price in excess of £2.5m.

Villas School at 32 St Ann’s Villas, W11, is a substantial Grade II-listed building of Tudor architectural style, previously used as an independent school from nursery through secondary level.

The mid-19th century building accommodates classrooms, kitchen facilities, outside play areas, and a detached music block to the rear.

With approximately 3,621sq ft of interior space, along with outdoor areas, the site spans 0.074 acres.

And the property offers excellent potential for educational re-use or residential conversion, subject to obtaining necessary consents.

“Educational assets of this scale with outdoor play space are exceptionally difficult to source in the Holland Park market,” said Jasper Upton, associate in Knight Frank’s education and charities team.

The building boasts 3,621sq ft of interior space, along with outdoor areas

“This represents a rare opportunity for investors, developers, or institutional buyers seeking an education or residential development opportunity in one of London’s most-sought-after boroughs.”

The surrounding Holland Park area offers an affluent residential setting with beautiful garden squares and leafy green spaces.

And the property benefits from ease of access to leisure amenities including retail at Westfield London, as well as ample cafés and restaurants of High Street Kensington.

The site has excellent transport links, with two Underground stations nearby including Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate offering direct services into the city centre.

Dr Sacha Powel, chief executive of Froebel Trust, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Knight Frank to bring our remarkable Grade II-listed asset at 32 St Ann’s Villas to market.

“While it is with mixed emotions that we offer this cherished site for sale, as our requirements have evolved, we recognise now is the opportune time for fresh eyes.

“Our hope is that the successful buyer will honour the rich educational legacy here and continue its use as an institution of learning.

“ However, as the site offers vast potential for alternative uses, we remain open-minded.”

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