Neighbors Not Amused By Hedgie's Mews Plans

Dec 23 2014 | 11:02am ET

The "r" in Brevan Howard Asset Management is not the most popular man on his London Street, or more accurately, mews.

Christopher Rokos, who retired from Brevan Howard in August and has a personal fortune estimated at £230 million, has torn down a £3.2  million mews house in South Kensington to make room for a gym and garage for his nearby family home, reports the London Evening Standard.

Rokos bought the building—a 19th century former coach house—in 2011 and tore it down in 2013.

According to plans filed with the Kensington and Chelsea council, the new home will provide parking for two large cars on the ground floor, a basement gym, plus first floor accommodations for those expected to work in Rokos' three-story, five-bedroom flat, which backs onto the mews house.

One neighbor told the newspaper: “It’s a massive shame. It just seems unnecessary and crazy to bring down the whole facade. You don’t really expect that kind of development on a small mews street.”

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