Make to replace 'elegant but bulky' Hanover Square block
Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has been appointed to designed a replacement for a 1972 Ronald Fielding Partnerships’ building in Hanover Square, Mayfair, central London
Legal & General Property, the developer behind Renzo Piano’s coloiurful Central Saint Giles project, wants to flatten the ‘tired’ block opposite Crossrail’s Bond Street station’s eastern exit and build a new ‘high quality office’ scheme on the site.
Architectural expert Nikolaus Pevsner described the Ronald Fielding building, with its ‘alternating chamfered socket [windows] arranged chequerboard-fashion’ as ‘rather elegant but far to bulky to suit the character of the square’.
The developer wants to bulldoze the 3,000m² seven-storey block when the existing leases expire in 2014 and complete the new scheme in 2016.
Simon Wilkes, head of development at Legal & General Property, said: ‘On the back of Central Saint Giles, and following plans for Agar Street and Wardour Street, 7-10 Hanover Square will provide much needed, high quality office space in the heart of the West End.
‘Armed with extensive in-house development capabilities, we aim to deliver an attractive office scheme to the market in 2016.’