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New, mixed-use office accommodation above flagship retail and restaurant or gallery space for The Crown Estate. Occupying the corner of Duke Street and Jermyn Street, the prominent 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. Approval was obtained for a number of changes within the confines of the original application; these addressed key technical challenges and improved efficiency throughout. Alongside the client team, we developed the internal layouts, finishes and concepts.
A brief was developed with the client to integrate public art with the architecture. Suitable areas and spaces were identified and the works will all be created by the renowned artist Jacqueline Poncelet. The imaginative proposals include carved stonework with gilding to the exterior, stunning patinated bronze entrance gates and terrazzo artwork to the reception.
The new reception is designed to provide a strong, considered and sensitive entry into the building with carefully chosen materials and finishes. Accessed from Duke Street, the entry doors are set back, creating the illusion of a double height entrance. The new gates to the portico area swing open during the day, framing the transition space to the main reception area. Once inside the art theme develops with a wall mural in brass and marble terrazzo.
To coordinate, floors and walls are finished in marble planks with brushed brass trims and elements of timber. A regular pattern of cylindrical down lighters will provide smart, contemporary illumination.
Client: The Crown Estate