Zaha Hadid Architects, Norman Foster alongside Make Architects’ Ken Shuttleworth, and Stiff + Trevillion are the four leading architects that have been shortlisted for the revitalization of the once lavish and luxurious Whiteleys Shopping Center in Bayswater, west London.
The current building was designed by John Belcher and John James Joass. It was a wonderful vision of luxury at the time, including both a theater and a golf-course on the roof.
A spokesman for Whiteleys said: “We are currently reviewing concepts from a number of leading architects as we look at the next step of our transformation plans for Whiteleys”.
This remodeling comes as part of a £500 million plan to revitalize Queensway, and make it “the Covent Garden of west London”.
Before it was converted into a mall in the 1990s, the Grade II listed Whitleyes’s was London’s first department store with seventeen separate departments. The 147 years old building was sold for £115 million in September 2013 to Meyer Bergman. This deal was supported by a Brunei family trust and was considered ‘off market’ .