Almacantar has picked Rafael Viñoly to transform Marble Arch Tower in London’s Oxford Street into a major new West End landmark
The AJ understands a tall building is potentially on the cards for the site but that ‘other options’ are being considered.
An 82m-tall tower currently occupies the prominent site overlooking Hyde Park. Viñoly is already working alongside KPF on Almacantar’s bid to transform Battersea Power Station into a new home for Chelsea Football Club.
Almacantar boss Mike Hussey’s latest signing means the rising star developer is delivering major redevelopments of 1960s offices at both ends of London’s busiest shopping street.
Rick Mather and Conran and Partners are already working for the developer on an ambitious residential-led revamp of Richard Seifert’s 1966 Centre Point office tower at Oxford Street’s eastern end.
Almacantar paid £80 million for Marble Arch Tower – a 12,077m² mixed-use office and cinema complex built in 1966 – less than a year ago.
The 23-storey skyscraper is not listed and it is unclear how much of the Trehearne & Norman-designed building might be demolished for Viñoly’s scheme.