Surely not? Could it be that Roman Abramovich is losing interest in his vanity projects? Earlier this week, he lost his ‘world’s biggest yacht owner’ tittle to Emirati royals and now it has emerged he’s put his plans to build a £100m super-home overlooking the Thames on hold.
Back in February, the Chelsea Football Club owner and one of the richest Londoners, won permission to excavate a two-storey basement under three linked properties in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. This was after a two-year battle with neighbours who claimed that the construction would mean loss of light and noise pollution for them. (Read: London’s billionaire basement mania: luxury living or living hell?)
Proposed features of the new home included an art studio, a garden inspired by previous owner James Whistler’s paintings of the Thames Embankment, and a “secondary building for staff and guests”.
Surveyor Rosemary Silver told the Daily Mail: “I have been advised that the building owner has decided not to proceed with the proposed building works.”
A spokesman for Abramovich in Russia remained tight-lipped and said: “The project has been delayed.”
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