Make Architects was just granted planning permission by the Crown Estate for the £450million St. James Market development plan located in the heart of Westminster, UK. Also given the go ahead by Westminster Council, their plan also includes three associated residential developments, hinging around the creation of a new public square and two new buildings. One building sits on Regent Street and retains an historic facade while the other presents a completely new facade to Haymarket. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Bounded by Jermyn Street, Haymarket and Regent Street, the sympathetic new scheme will provide 50,000sq ft retail and amenity space at ground level with 210,000 sq ft BREEAM Excellent commercial space above, divided across the two buildings. Much of the newly configured site will be traffic-free.
The facade of the Regent Street block, which dates from 1929, will be retained and the development as a whole has been designed to echo the materials and scale of the neighboring buildings using curved and inlaid stone, characteristic of the St. James’s Conservation area.
The Crown Estate’s investment in St. James’s builds on the area’s status by providing a first rate amenity space for those living, working and visiting the area.