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This is was a challenging, mixed-use redevelopment within a busy retail centre at the heart of London’s West End. New shops, restaurants, offices and residential space have been created in a phased redevelopment that has significantly increased the site’s intensity of use.
The site of a late 1970s retail arcade was exploited to create attractive new retail spaces and offices fronting onto Carnaby Street with shops, restaurants, offices and residential space also fronting Foubert’s Place and Kingly Street, all just a stone’s throw from Regent Street. The scheme’s careful attention to scale and mass belies the 100% increase in built volume across the site without impinging upon the heritage qualities of the area. The design team employed the use of various coloured materials in the development’s new façade, paying homage to the area’s traditional plot-widths and window proportions.
The scheme delivered substantial public realm enhancements through the remodelling of Kingly Street as a shared public space and the promotion of ‘Carnaby Echoes’, a unique public art trail celebrating the area’s lesser known musical culture.
LPA: City of Westminster
Architect: Rolfe Judd Architecture