John Lewis to start work on a renovation of Peter Jones façade

Renovation at Peter Jones

John Lewis will start work on a renovation of the façade of its Peter Jones shop, in Chelsea, on Monday 19 April. 

In partnership with its Heritage Consultants, Purcell, and architects, Sergison Bates, it received planning permission for the works last May following a public consultation involving the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cadogan Estates Ltd, Historic England, local residents and businesses.

The new works will include: 

  • A renovation of the curved glass façade, ground floor shop windows, entrances and canopy. 
  • Plans to introduce an installation of light, shadow and movement that is responsive to the environment for example wind, rain, sunrise and sunset, to reanimate the façade.
  • A new, larger, more accessible entrance to the shop on King’s Road which will draw customers into the central atrium at the heart of the shop.

In addition, outline planning permission has also been granted for: 

  • Opportunities in the future to reconfigure the sixth floor including a dedicated restaurant, a food hall, interior conservatories for use by the public and for our Partners, a viewing terrace and a horticultural concession offering customers the opportunity to buy plants from the John Lewis Partnership’s Leckford Estate.  
  • Potential in the future to open up the seventh floor (connected to the sixth floor via stairs) to the public, with access to a garden terrace where customers can relax with a drink while enjoying views across the city of London and south to Battersea Power Station.

Pippa Wicks, executive director at John Lewis, said: “Our shops will always be important and this refurbishment forms part of our broader plans to rebalance our estate, which includes investing in our flagship stores.  Peter Jones is widely seen as the birthplace of the John Lewis Partnership when it opened in 1935 and has served the community as the corner shop for Chelsea locals since the day it opened.  We want to reinvigorate the shop as a public asset, loved by those who live next to it.”  

Chris Harris, director of property and procurement at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We’re taking a heritage-first approach to the renovation of Peter Jones with the aim of bringing to life John Spedan Lewis’s lost visions for his first shop in the John Lewis estate.  Our ambition is to not just maintain the status quo but to place value on the importance of this building as a Partnership, heritage and public asset.  Within the context of current challenges in retail, we will rejuvenate the exterior of the department store and find future opportunities for new experiences for our customers so that it flourishes for years to come”.