Even before the first brick was laid, One Hyde Park’s reputation preceded it. London was ablaze with whispers about the development, set to supersede all that came before it in location, style and sheer opulence. Indeed, it trumped records before the doors were first opened. Last year, an apartment was sold to a buyer based on the building’s status and exterior alone, setting a record not only for the capital, but the world. Priced at over £6,000 per square foot, it is the most expensive development in British history. So what is it that makes One Hyde Park so special?â€¨
Undoubtedly, the residence's prime location has more than a little to do with all this record-breaking. Possessing the most coveted address in the city, it’s nestled between exclusive Sloane Street and the leafy environs of Hyde Park.
The site is blessed with a combination of exquisitely rare park side views and panoramic vistas over London’s most fashionable locale, Knightsbridge. Head architect Richard Rogers took great care to ensure that the structure was in keeping with its surrounds: “The design of the building in terms of scale, rhythm, colour and materials takes its cue from the neighbouring buildings. To the north lies the glorious tranquillity of Hyde Park, to the south Knightsbridge, full of vitality and style. This site evokes all that is beautiful about London.” â€¨
The buildings are intelligently constructed to let in as much natural light as possible through the flattened hexagonal shapes of the four blocks and glass access cores linking them. Careful planning and details such as these set the development apart from every other in the world – more than 15 types of stone have been sourced from around the globe, and £50 million of concrete containing crushed limestone was shipped to create the sparkling facade. Nick Candy, CEO and joint founder of Candy & Candy, insists, “This level of quality has never been done across such a scale. No one has ever spent this much before. You can’t get the quality in a multi-unit development anywhere else in the world, from Hong Kong to Shanghai to Los Angeles.”â€¨
The prices involved are certainly noteworthy, with the development costing half a billion pounds to build, and a four bedroom apartment priced at £30 million. Everything is designed to perfection, from the bespoke Bulthaup kitchens and Gaggenau appliances to the spectacular lighting installations provided by world-renowned artist James Turrell. Although sales were already remarkably strong, the unveiling of the sumptuous show apartment in April proved to the world that One Hyde Park was a true tour de force, with the waiting list for a viewing alone stretching to over three weeks long. â€¨
One Hyde Park is the first development in London to fuse the services of a luxury hotel with opulent residential living spaces. The neighbouring Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park will be providing incomparably excellent service, with over fifty staff trained exclusively for the site. The concept is long overdue in London’s super prime market: this city is synonymous with luxury and will always be a Mecca for discerning buyers from around the world. Nick Candy is not surprised by the variety of purchasers One Hyde Park has received, either: “It’s a truly international development and is representative of London's status as the global capital of the world.” It is developments like One Hyde Park that keep London at the forefront of the international luxury market.