Broadway Malyan has joined the controversial 10-building, 681-home redevelopment of a Royal Mail site in central London.
The practice will ‘support on the delivery’ of the Mount Pleasant scheme drawn up by Allies and Morrison, WilkinsonEyre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
Planning permission for the scheme near King’s Cross station was granted by the Greater London Authority in 2015. But it has been opposed by many local residents and community group the Mount Pleasant Association, which submitted plans for an alternative scheme, drawn up by Neoclassical architect Francis Terry.
Taylor Wimpey Central London bought 2.5ha of the site from Royal Mail for almost £200 million last summer.
A spokesman for the developer said this week: ‘Taylor Wimpey Central London has appointed Broadway Malyan to work on the scheme based on [the practice’s] previous track record working on other high-quality developments across London. Broadway Malyan will support on the delivery of the consented scheme to ensure the potential and vision for the site is fulfilled.’
Broadway Malyan UK chairman Ian Apsley said: ‘This is currently one of the most exciting development sites in central London and we are looking forward to playing our part in delivering this transformational residential project.
‘The consented scheme offers a strong architectural landmark in this popular part of the city with a density and level of amenity that reflects changing lifestyles and a strong focus on placemaking through an exciting public-realm strategy that connects the new development with the existing urban fabric.’
The scheme will see two plots redeveloped: at Phoenix Place and Calthorpe Street.
An initial phase, focusing on the internal refurbishment of specific areas within the mail centre building itself, is underway and scheduled to be completed in May.
Overall completion of the scheme is expected by spring 2021.