MWA have been appointed to prepare design proposals for the redevelopment of this SW1 site. Proposals include the demolition of the existing 7-storey building and construction of a new building over basement, lower ground floor, ground floor, plus 7 storeys. Once completed, this will increase the gross internal area from 28,000 sq ft to approximately 50,000 sq ft. The increased area will make provision for increased B1 office space and the introduction of retail at ground and lower ground floor levels.
The design strategy involves increasing the mass on the street elevation by 2 storeys (1); infilling the lightwell to the rear of the site to fourth floor level (2); removing the plant structures at roof level (3); identifying areas of opportunity to increase height of mass, adjacent to neighbouring flank walls without windows (4); adding a set-back fifth floor extension (5); adding a set-back sixth floor extension (6); and adding a set back seventh floor extension (7).
The material palette and detailing has been chosen to
compliment the dynamic nature of the surrounding context. By
introducing a dark grey slim-profile brick, reconstituted stone,
and crittall style windows there is a clear reference to the more
historic buildings within the adjacent conservation areas; while
the generous proportions and openings to the street are fitting
for an aspirational and modern part of the city.
Size 53,000 SQ.FT
Heritage & Planning Consultant Montagu Evans
Daylight & Sunlight Consultant Malcolm Hollis
Structural Engineer Form SD
Quantity Surveyor Abakus Consulting Ltd.
Local Authority Westminster City Council