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Architect Mary Thum Associates has won planning permission for a residential scheme in Great Turnstile, WC1. The street is a pedestrian passage between Lincoln's Inn Fields and High Holborn, only 3m wide with little natural light.Working for developer Cube City Properties, the architect is replacing a five-storey concrete office building with a seven-storey 1,300m2 steel-framed structure.There will be nine flats on floors one to three, a penthouse on the fourth and fifth floors, and offices on the ground floor and basement.

The structure, designed with engineer Haskins, Robinson, Waters is complex, says Thum. Because of the relatively tight spaces, it was important that columns did not appear in inopportune locations. The challenge was increased by the need to thread through a lift and staircase. .

This is an unusual location for residential development, and the building will not be camouflaging itself among its neighbours.

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