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Make wins planning for neighbour to ARB and RIBA - image

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Make has won permission to increase the height of a prime mixed-use development overlooking the RIBA headquarters in London's fashionable Marylebone.

Westminster council has approved Ken Shuttleworth's plans to add a sixth floor to 10 Weymouth Street - part of which houses the ARB - and extend the building's rear to add 12 new apartments and 140m2 of extra office space ( Make to build luxury development next to ARB ).

The rear extension, which will overlook the RIBA and its restaurant terrace, is to be clad in brass with glass bay 'pods' to maximise light and space.

Led by Ridgeford Properties, the scheme will incorporate various eco-features including a ground-source heat-pump system for heating and cooling and a green meadow roof.

Marylebone has undergone a 'huge change' over the past five years, but Ridgeford boss Chris Murray is convinced the property hot-spot still has massive development potential.

Commenting on Make's design, he said: ' -by extending and enhancing the current building, we will unlock the site's true potential by providing generous-sized, high-specification apartments whilst meeting the latest environmental and sustainable criteria.'

Work will start on site this October, with completion scheduled for March 2009.

by Clive Walker

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