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Crown Estate unveils £400m St James’ redevelopment

Ken Shuttleworth’s Make and Paul Davis & Partners have been lined up to work on a huge overhaul of Crown Estate land off Piccadilly, central London

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, the Crown Estate has today launched plans for a £400 million redevelopment of three sites in St James’ to deliver nearly 28,000m² of mixed-use accommodation.

The lead scheme, known as St James’s Market, is a commercial redevelopment of two blocks creating 19,000m² of office space and 4,180m² of shopping, restaurant and leisure accommodation between Haymarket and Regent Street.

Designed by Make Architects the flagship project will see the replacement of 52-56 Haymarket, while the 14-20 Regent Street block will be redeveloped behind both retained and new façades.

A 2,300m² public area would be revitalised and a new 1,000m² pedestrian square with public art created.

The proposals mark the next stage of the Crown Estate’s £500 million investment programme for St James’s where it owns a £1 billion, 4 million sq ft property portfolio, comprising nearly 50 per cent of the buildings.

This investment programme is guided by The St James’s Strategies, launched in 2011.

Paul Clark, director Investment at the Crown Estate said: “This is a major step forward for our £500 million St James’s regeneration programme and another good example of us investing in our core sectors where we enjoy a competitive advantage, critical mass and high levels of expertise.”

Alastair Smart, head of development at the Crown Estate said: ‘The regeneration of St James’s Market is an opportunity to revive a neglected location at the heart of London, bringing it back into line with historic St James’s for the benefit of 21st century businesses, local residents and visitors alike.

‘Our long term vision for the area will protect St James’s distinct niche in the West End office market, enhance its position as a stimulating and eclectic shopping and dining destination, create new homes, improve the public realm and above all, protect St James’s celebrated heritage.’

The St James’s Market proposals also include two associated development schemes which, in line with the Crown Estate’s strategy to increase the provision of residential accommodation in St James’s, will create new homes totalling 4,000m ² ranging from one bedroom apartments to a four bedroom family home.

The Crown Estate this week consulted the local community on the proposals ahead of submitting formal planning application to Westminster City Council during the summer.

Proposals for the three sites have been developed by Make Architects, Tate Hindle, and Paul Davis & Partners. CBRE has provided planning advice.

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