New royal palace planned in London, but it belongs to Qatar

Residence would be the Kingdom's most expensive

10 December, 13:07

    The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani

    (ANSAmed) - LONDON, DECEMBER 10 - The royal family of Qatar already have massive investments in London. And it now plans to have its own "Palace". Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, mother of the current emir, is planning to join her three 19th century residences in the Regent's Park area so they can become one building. The project to unify the three residences at number 1, 2 and 3 in Cronwall Terrace has already been presented to the municipality of Westminster and, if approved and finished, it would be the country's most expensive private residence, with a total surface of 3,000 square meters, a spa, gym and heated pool, all for an estimated cost of some 200 million pounds.

    The new residence would also include a smoking room, a playroom, a cellar and a wing for the staff.

    The floor in 15 rooms would be entirely covered in Carrara marble, according to reports.

    The Regent Park's buildings were bought last year, although the Qatari royals have been making multiple investments in the British capital since 2008: they own Harrods, as well as 95% of the Shard planned by Renzo Piano which has been towering over the Thames for the past two years.

    They also own half of the most expensive apartment complex worldwide, 'One Hyde Park' in Knightsbridge, the Chelsea Barracks, part of the Olympic village and 20% of the Camden market.(ANSAmed).

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