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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands bags Oxford Street go-ahead

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won permission for an 8,200m² office and shopping scheme on Oxford Street close to the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station

The site at 69-89 Oxford Street and 1 Dean Street includes will comprise 3,112m² of shops and and 5,000m² of office space.

Backed by Great Portland Estates, the scheme creates five floors of grade ‘A’ offices above three floors of prime Oxford Street retail. The project is due to start on site in early 2015 and finish in mid-2017.

Paul Sandilands, dfirector of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands said the ‘refined’ new building would create ‘retail space worthy of the international status of the area’ while ’ responding to the intimate scale of Soho.’

A new Oxford street façade will replace the current ‘outdated and fragmented’ shop units with a double-height, glazed retail frontage arranged in six-metre bays.

The new retail area has deep, open-plan floors that can serve a single flagship retailer or be divided into up to three separate shops.

‘Care has been taken to address the distinct characters and scales of Oxford Street and Soho,’ said a spokesman for the practice.

On Dean Street the design ‘respects the finer grain of Soho’ by retaining the existing 19th century brick and terracotta frontage by lifting it 900mm to align with the new floor arrangement.

The second to sixth storeys will house grade ‘A’ offices featuring alternating full height glazing with fritted glass shadow boxes, recalling the black granite of the existing buildings.

A faceted stainless steel-framed sixth floor is set back from the Oxford Street frontage providing a crown to the top of the building.

The rear façade, overlooking Soho, uses the local theme of punched windows in London stock brick to create a façade in place of the existing fire escapes, ventilation ducting and lift shafts.

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