Movie star designer court docket battle over £1.6m Chelsea mews homes

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Natasha Surguladze (shown right) is one half of identical twin design duo Tata Naka, along with sibling Tamara (pictured left)


A celeb designer and her father have gained a court docket battle with architects over substandard work on their £1.6million dwelling renovation.

Natasha Surguladze – one half of equivalent twin design duo Tata Naka – has been locked in a court docket struggle over unpaid charges with architects Donald Insall Associates.

Natasha and her father, businessman Michael Surguladze, commissioned the agency to attract up designs for a ‘giant scale and strange venture’ in Chelsea.

The plans concerned two adjoining homes being ‘successfully demolished’ and changed with a single four-storey double-fronted brick townhouse.

The brand new property was to be dwelling to each Natasha and her father, in addition to her twin sister and design accomplice Tamara, Central London County Court docket heard.

Natasha Surguladze (shown right) is one half of identical twin design duo Tata Naka, along with sibling Tamara (pictured left)

Natasha Surguladze (shown right) is one half of identical twin design duo Tata Naka, along with sibling Tamara (pictured left)

Natasha Surguladze (proven proper) is one half of equivalent twin design duo Tata Naka, together with sibling Tamara (pictured left)

The home (shown with natural brickwork) was finally built after the family acquired a new architectural firm

The home (shown with natural brickwork) was finally built after the family acquired a new architectural firm

The house (proven with pure brickwork) was lastly constructed after the household acquired a brand new architectural agency

Nevertheless, the architects and the Surguladzes fell out when design drawings did not move constructing laws, resulting from points with a hearth escape and disabled entry.

The household subsequently obtained the consents they wanted and accomplished the ‘giant and complex venture’ after altering architects.

However they had been then pursued for £40,000 in unpaid charges by Donald Insall Associates.

Now Choose David Saunders has dominated the Surguladzes had been proper to refuse to pay the architects’ invoice, because the work had ‘not met the required normal’.

The Tata-Naka label is the imprint of London-based Georgian equivalent twins, Tamara and Natasha Surguladze, 40.

Followers of the the Central St Martin’s graduates’ style creations embrace Cameron Diaz, Mena Suvari and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tamara Surguladze (left) and Natasha Surguladze (right)

Tamara Surguladze (left) and Natasha Surguladze (right)

They were born in Tbilisi, Georgia before moving to London in 1996 and creating their fashion label

They were born in Tbilisi, Georgia before moving to London in 1996 and creating their fashion label

Tamara Surguladze (left) and Natasha Surguladze (proper) had been born in Tbilisi, Georgia earlier than transferring to London in 1996 and creating their style label

Pictured are the floor plans for the four-storey townhouse in Chelsea, which reveal a cinema and gym in the basement 

Pictured are the floor plans for the four-storey townhouse in Chelsea, which reveal a cinema and gym in the basement 

Pictured are the ground plans for the four-storey townhouse in Chelsea, which reveal a cinema and health club within the basement 

Over a decade in the past, the twins, who lived along with ‘household patriarch’ Michael in a mews home in Chelsea, determined they wanted an even bigger dwelling area.

However after failing to discover a larger home in a location that suited the household, they determined to purchase the home subsequent door to their present dwelling.

They then sought permission to knock the 2 homes by way of into one, at an estimated value of £1.6million.

They commissioned Donald Insall Associates to create drawings in relation to the deliberate new home that will move constructing laws.

Nevertheless the submitted design did not get the inexperienced mild, with issues relating to fireplace laws and disabled entry flagged up.

Natasha and her father, Michael Surguladze (pictured), commissioned the firm to draw up designs for a 'large scale and unusual project' in Chelsea

Natasha and her father, Michael Surguladze (pictured), commissioned the firm to draw up designs for a 'large scale and unusual project' in Chelsea

Natasha and her father, Michael Surguladze (pictured), commissioned the agency to attract up designs for a ‘giant scale and strange venture’ in Chelsea

The household then switched architects, gained consent and have since accomplished the venture, making the home their new dwelling.

However Donald Insall Associates later sued them for round £40,000 in unpaid invoices.

The architects insisted they need to be paid, regardless of their drawings having did not move the laws.

‘The claimant says that it carried out a big quantity of labor which in any occasion needs to be paid for,’ mentioned Choose Saunders.

However happening to throw the architects’ declare out, he added: ‘The plans had been of restricted worth and Constructing Rules approval was refused… there was a consequential lack of care and ability on the a part of the claimants.

‘I’ve little doubt that the claimants are – typically – a extremely competent and skilled agency of architects, however on this case they haven’t met the required normal.

‘The defendants’ directions to the claimants had been to provide plans which might fulfill Constructing Rules approval – they didn’t.’

He concluded: ‘I discover for the defendants and dismiss the declare.’

Talking of the constructing venture in an interview with Harpers Bazaar in 2017, Natasha mentioned: ‘It took us 13 years to search out our new dwelling.

‘We beloved our present one and its location, however we would have liked extra space to entertain, extra rooms for friends so we seemed and we seemed and we seemed.

‘And in the long run, in spite of everything that trying, we purchased the home subsequent door.’

The plans involved two adjoining houses (pictured) being 'effectively demolished' and replaced with a single four-storey double-fronted brick townhouse

The plans involved two adjoining houses (pictured) being 'effectively demolished' and replaced with a single four-storey double-fronted brick townhouse

The plans concerned two adjoining homes (pictured) being ‘successfully demolished’ and changed with a single four-storey double-fronted brick townhouse

The new property was to be home to both Natasha and her father, as well as her twin sister and design partner Tamara, Central London County Court heard

The new property was to be home to both Natasha and her father, as well as her twin sister and design partner Tamara, Central London County Court heard

The brand new property was to be dwelling to each Natasha and her father, in addition to her twin sister and design accomplice Tamara, Central London County Court docket heard



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