Artist Damien Hirst has
received approval to build a mega basement beneath his Regent’s Park mansion,
which will comprise a personal art store as well as a swimming pool.
Hirst first applied for
consent to build the basement beneath the John Nash designed Grade I listed
property shortly after he bought it for around £40m in 2014. However, the
scheme has been held up by concerns as to what archaeological remains might
exist beneath the property.
The planned mega basement
will extend to around 150 feet under the garden. As well as the pool and art
store there will be a lift to enable large and heavy art works to be taken into
the store. The Daily Mail report says that, with double height ceilings, the
basement will be one of the biggest new basements in London.
Swimming pools and expensive art works are an odd and maybe ill-suited combination. But Hirst is known for his unusual and controversial concepts. So, who knows, it could just be the start of a new mega basement trend.