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Carnaby Court Wins AIA UK Award

Rolfe Judd are delighted to announce that we have won the 2020 AIA UK Excellence in Design Award for the Medium Project – Professional category.

Carnaby Court is the second phase of the comprehensive redevelopment of the former Carnaby Court Shopping centre in Soho. The project occupies an urban site with two street elevations facing Kingly Street and Foubert’s Place, each responding to their subtly different environment and completes the vision to regenerate this site first started at 36 Carnaby Street.

The vision for our client, Shaftesbury, has been to create a truly mixed-use, high quality development, set within the context of the historic, vibrant heart of their Carnaby Estate, which not only maximises the potential of the site but one which also creates a much more positive contribution to the character of this renowned conservation area.

Carnaby Court, located in the heart of Shaftesbury’s Carnaby Estate was a very poor quality and underutilised space, with frontages to both Foubert’s Place and Kingly Street. The opportunity therefore existed for us to create a new high quality mixed use development that would positively contribute to Carnaby’s continued evolvement as a world famous retail and leisure destination.

We have worked successfully with Rolfe Judd for over 15 years and felt that their Planning and Architectural expertise was the ideal fit for this challenge. We approached Rolfe Judd with our brief: to create a place to shop, a place to work, a place to eat and a place to live – all within the context of the historic, vibrant heart of Carnaby.

We have been thrilled with the results. The scheme’s physical and functional richness, the modern yet contextual strength of its physical form and architectural individuality collectively serve to complement the unique and vibrant qualities of this part of the West End. Fully let ahead of final completion, the scheme has been a resounding commercial success. Born from a desire to promote what makes the area special, a genuinely mixed-use development has been the result which truly deserves to be celebrated.

Simon Quayle | Director – Shaftesbury Plc

Kingly Street and Foubert’s Place both sit within the Carnaby Conservation area but are subtly different environments which in turn evoke a subtly different architectural response.

The wider, grander and robust nature of Kingly Street has resulted in a bold design as a response to its location.

Our design response has been to not only define the scale and rhythm of the facades based on a contextual approach, but also to develop an architectural language which is vibrant and responds to and enhances the fun and vitality that is at the very heart of this unique area of central London.

Foubert’s Place is far smaller in scale to neighbouring Kingly Street, and as such we felt the design of this elevation demanded a more delicate architecture in response to its setting.

As on Kingly Street brick has been used to set up the primary structural frame with a french blue glazed brick forming a secondary frame, counterbalancing the first. A third layer of mustard yellow glazed panels have been added to define the body of the elevation itself, resulting in a delicate ‘woven’ façade.

Foubert’s Place is delicate, nestled amongst the patchwork of brick and random roof terraces.

The introduction of balconies and setbacks to each of these facades allow the new built form to sit comfortably within wider street context and reinforce the concept of external amenity space as a part of the building function.

Phase 1 of this development started with the redesign of 36 Carnaby Street. The design process started with the introduction of complimentary but contrasting white glazed bricks and coloured mosaic tiles.

Each building design is unique yet collectively enhances the vibrancy and brings unity to this thriving and special area.

Jonathan CarterSimon Gillett

Download our Carnaby Court Brochure here.

30th October 2020