Plans for a major mixed-use development by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital have been granted permission by Westminster City Council
Councillors signed off on the £750 million central London project despite fears about the affordable housing provision, vocal criticism from some stakeholders and concerns about its ‘bulk and massing’ raised by neighbouring Camden Council (AJ 01.12.11).
Enabling works have already begun on the scheme which is backed by developer Exemplar together with Aviva Investors and Kaupthing Bank.
The grant of the main planning consent now paves the way for the construction of the development, which will be built in a single phase and is due for completion in late 2014.
The project features 237 private apartments and 54 onsite affordable homes, 21,000m² of grade A offices split across two buildings and 2,000m² of shops and restaurants.
Space has also been provided for a new primary care facility and an educational centre for nearby All Souls Primary School. A Grade II* listed chapel on the site will be retained.
Great care has been taken to design a neighbourhood that will be desirable even on a wet Wednesday night in November
Dan Burr, partner at Sheppard Robson said: ‘The Middlesex scheme is responsive to the distinctive character of Fitzrovia, yet comprising buildings with unique identities. The development will help progress the regeneration of Fitzrovia on a site which has been vacant for several years.
‘It will create an environment that combines living and working with a public courtyard at its heart, offering an oasis of calm within the dense urban fabric of Fitzrovia and showcasing the heritage asset of the Grade II*-listed chapel.
‘Great care has been taken to design a neighbourhood that will be welcoming and desirable, even on a wet Wednesday night in November.’
He added: ‘The collaboration between practices in the development of the design proposals has created an architectural richness which will promote a sense of identity and ownership for the residents.’
The council had previously backed a larger, £1 billion Make Architects designed-scheme for Candy and Candy, dubbed NoHo square.
s which will promote a sense of identity and ownership for the residents.”