Mikhail Fridman reconstructs Victorian mansion in London for 80 million pounds
After the reconstruction, the cost of the estate will be worth 130 million pounds (170 million dollars). The Russian billionaire plans to build a family house in six bedrooms, an underground swimming pool, a wine cellar, while maintaining its historical appearance.
The Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman received official permission from the British authorities on the partial restructuring of the abandoned mansion Athlone House, located in Hampstead, north London. On the reconstruction Fridman would spend 80 million pounds, reported The Daily Mail. The renovated mansion, designed by the architectural studio Spence Harris Hogan, will have six bedrooms, an office, an exercise room, a room for practicing yoga, inground pool, a wine cellar and a cigar. The billionaire has promised to preserve the historical appearance of the building.
"All the original architectural solutions and the elements will be restored: in particular, the home will be returned [destroyed] tower", - quoted the edition the Inspector Alex Bushell, who is responsible for planning decisions of Hampstead. Among other things, one of the existing buildings of the estate will be transformed into a cinema.
Along with mansion Fridman bought 2 hectares of adjacent territory, which, according to the project of the 19th century, will mimic the gardens of Versailles. The area will have walking paths, a pond, fruit terrace cottage for staff and several tennis courts.
According to the British edition, Fridman bought a Victorian mansion (1855) in last spring, paying for it 65 million pounds. Former owners of the estate, who bought it in 2006, intended to demolish the old house, but citizens have ensured the city authorities to ban the demolition.
According to market experts, after reconstruction Athlone House will be worth about 130 million pounds (170 million dollars). According to the billionaire, a Victorian mansion would be his primary residence.
According to Forbes magazine, Mikhail Fridman has the second line in the rating "The richest businessmen of Russia". His fortune is estimated at $ 13.3 billion.
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