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New office accommodation above flagship retail and restaurant or gallery space for The Crown Estate. The prominent corner site is within the St James’s Conservation Area, a historic part of the West End.
We were appointed post planning to review and develop the approved scheme by John McAslan + Partners. A number of adjustments were proposed and approved within the confines of the original application. These addressed key technical challenges and improved efficiency throughout. For example, the core was repositioned to create an open plan that provides flexibility for tenants. With this arrangement the lifts open directly onto the floor plate.
A brief was developed with the client to integrate public art with the architecture. Suitable areas and spaces were identified with the art pieces created by the renowned artist Jacqueline Poncelet.
In addition, a shopfront façade study investigated potential improvements to the retail offer. New proposals resolved the integration with the distinctive characteristics of the context with the specialisms and visibility requirements of the retailers.
The Marq is one of the UK’s first buildings specifically designed to achieve WELL Certified Core and Shell Certification. The office space has been granted BREEAM Outstanding, with the retail element gaining BREEAM excellent. The project was developed and delivered in the BIM environment.
Contact: Jason Rudolph, Billy Rollo.
Client: The Crown Estate