This redevelopment for the Crown Estate on 29-30 St James’s Street and 25-26 Bury Street includes new, high-end residential, office and retail space
The scheme saw the demolition of existing buildings – which dated from the early 20th century and were designated unlisted buildings of merit within the St James’s Conservation Area – retaining only their historic façades on St James’s and Bury Street.
Two new buildings have been rebuilt behind the retained façades, connecting at basement level, with between them two new rear elevations facing across a courtyard garden adjacent to the Economist Plaza.
The frontage to St James’s has retail at ground level, with front doors and ventilation screens crafted in laser-cut bronze that feature a design inspired by leather grain, reflecting the traditional leather working of the area.
The residential accommodation sits above retail and comprises four three-bedroom lateral apartments and a four-bedroom duplex penthouse over the fifth and sixth floors with a sun room and roofgarden terrace, while the first-floor apartment has access to a courtyard garden.
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Facing onto 25 Bury Street, 1,467m² of office space is arranged over six floors. A reception features details which bring the bronze of the exterior inside, with a bespoke bronze desk and polished plaster walls with raised bronze strips, complementing a limestone floor with inset bronze ribbons. Fitted out with highly efficient services, the office spaces help the overall development achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. Each floor features stretched fabric ceilings, which house services as well as enhancing acoustics. Bronze mesh is integrated into windows facing the residential accommodation to offer privacy to occupants of the apartments, while retaining high levels of natural light to the offices.
The retail unit on 26 Bury Street is the new 363m² home for the Colnaghi Gallery, a specialist in Old Masters, set over two floors at ground and basement level. Natural light is brought into the rear of the unit via rooflights which punch up into the courtyard garden.
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The redevelopment entailed demolishing the existing buildings, retaining only the historic frontages on St James’s and Bury Street. Two buildings have been painstakingly rebuilt behind, connecting seamlessly with the original fabric and belying the complex engineering feat undertaken. The Portland stone façade on St James’s Street has been restored, providing an elegantly understated entrance for residential accommodation above ground-floor retail premises. An additional zinc-clad floor has been added and is discreetly set back from the original roof line in order to have minimal visual impact from street level. Contrasting with the historic fabric of Portland stone on St James’s Street and red brick on Bury Street, the two rear façades utilise light-toned London stock brick. The courtyard elevations are divided into thirds vertically to reference the existing façades and feature bronze oriel bay windows which are angled to prevent overlooking.
Straddling between St James’s and Bury Street, the redevelopment makes the most of the available site. Rebuilding behind the retained façades enabled TateHindle to reconfigure the plan, core and form of the two buildings to maximise floor space and natural light, creating carefully detailed spaces for working and living. A range of uses is incorporated into a relatively small site – spacious apartments for rent, bespoke office space, an art gallery, and the chemist DR Harris, which has been operating in this area of London since 1790. Its latest unisex fragrance is named No 29, after the address of their rebuilt premises.
The architectural heritage of the St James’s Conservation Area informed our approach – with centuries old buildings and the Smithsons’ Economist towers a stone’s throw away, we’ve conserved, restored and retained alongside building anew. Working with our client, the Crown Estate, quality, heritage and craft was of upmost importance; this mixed-use scheme follows on from its redevelopment of St James’s Market and the continuing regeneration of St James’s.
James Hindle, founding director, TateHindle
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Start on site January 2014
Completion March 2017
Gross internal floor area 1,643m² (residential) 1,467m² (office) 550m² (retail)
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost £19 million
Construction cost per m² £4,628
Client The Crown Estate
Structural engineer Waterman Structures
M&E consultant Watkins Payne Partnership
Quantity surveyor Gardiner and Theobald
Project manager Buro Four
Acoustic consultant Clarke Saunders Associates
Sustainability consultant MESH
Landscape designer Bowles and Wyer
Residential interior design MSMR
Gallery interior design Diego Fortunato, Galata Studio Architects, Studio ZNA
Principal designer PFB Construction Management Services
Main contractor Bouygues UK
Approved building inspector Approved Inspector Services
CAD software used MicroStation