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Make replaces PLP on Rathbone Place

Make has replaced PLP on the high-profile redevelopment of Royal Mail’s Rathbone Place depot in central London

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice has been appointed to work up a new scheme for the one-hectare West End site less than one year after PLP submitted 56,000 square metre plans for its redevelopment.

Great Portland Estates, which bought the land from Royal Mail for £120 million in September, picked Make to work up fresh designs following a design competition.

Details of Make’s redesign have yet to emerge but plans are expected to be submitted to local planning authority Westminster City Council by the end of the year.

PLP’s scheme for Royal Mail featured offices, housing and retail and a new public square and pathway connecting nearby Oxford Street to Fitzrovia (pictured above).

PLP partner Ron Bakker said: ‘The ownership changed and we took part in a competition which we did not win. That one left us unfortunately.’ Both Make and Great Portland Estates declined to comment.

Meanwhile, it has emerged Make has won a job to redevelop the 1.1 hectare Leadenhall Triangle in the City of London. Henderson bought the site from administration for £175 million one year ago.

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