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We were appointed to achieve planning for a major refurbishment of this property. This included the demolition and rebuilding of the existing roof storey; the reordering of uses at ground floor level and façade improvements to this prominent building situated on the corner of New Oxford Street and Bloomsbury Street.
The building was built in the 1980s and was designed to be in facsimile with the surrounding early Victorian architecture. Despite its location, the existing office accommodation was outdated and of poor quality. The fourth floor mansard was also considered to be domestic in scale with small dormer windows, which did not provide any useful or useable floorspace.
The planning permission secured the remodelled 4th floor mansard storey, which altered the roof profile allowing for greater headroom and the insertion of new dormer windows. These alterations were considered to be complimentary to the host building and more suitable for modern office requirements.
The proposal also included the erection of a new office entrance portico on Bloomsbury Street, new shopfronts, façade alterations at ground floor level across the site, the installation of new glazing panels and balconies to rear of Bloomsbury Street, and new plant.
Subsequent amending applications have also secured consent for a new roof level boardroom and associated roof terrace.
The remodelling of this property has created a high quality office building which delivers exceptional open plan floorspace benefiting from dual and triple aspects. The proposals maximise the opportunities presented by the site. Whilst the heritage of the surrounding area is being respected, the remodelling of the roof and the alterations to the ground floor along Bloomsbury Street in particular, ensures that the building also has a contemporary feel.
Client: BMO Real Estate Partners
LPA : LB Camden
Architect: Buckley Gray Yeoman