Just last night, permission was granted to Make Architects for their St James's Market Development Project in London. The Crown Estate's £450m project, which also includes three associated residential developments, is all tied together through the creation of a new public square and two new buildings. One building sits on Regent Street and retains an historic facade while the other presents a completely new façade which faces onto Haymarket.
Bounded by Jermyn Street, Haymarket and Regent Street, the architects have created a sympathetic new scheme which is divided across the two buildings. The plans provide new retail and amenity space at ground level with BREEAM Excellent commercial space above where the majority of the new site will be traffic-free.
Justin Nicholls, Partner at Make said: "This is a key project in Make's growing portfolio of heritage work. We have developed an excellent relationship with English Heritage and are delighted that Westminster has recommended approval for the site, it will be fantastic to see it delivered."
In particular, the facade of the Regent Street block which dates from 1929, will be retained and has been incorporated into the rest of the design. As a whole the development aesthetic has taken inspiration from the surrounding environment. The materials and scales of the neighbouring buildings are echoed and elements such as the curved and inlaid stone which characterises the St. James's Conservation area have been reintroduced.
Jonathan Mitchell, project architect said: "South of Piccadilly, this site is somewhat forgotten and hidden away, despite its important historic roots in the heart of Westminster. Our designs will restore the character and quality of the area and radically improve the public realm and amenities."