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Eric Parry wins green light for Soho block revamp

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[First look] Eric Parry Architects has landed planning consent for a mixed-use project to redevelop a city block in Soho, London

An urban block in the heart of Soho is set to transform into a sustainable, mixed retail, office and residential development.

The design, undertaken by Eric Parry Architects on behalf of Henderson Global Investors, includes a new building on Great Marlborough Street that replaces two existing buildings, as well as refurbished buildings on Poland Street.

Six new apartments, approximately 7500m² of offices and three retail units will be created. The further inclusion of flexible commercial accommodation is intended to aid the creative industries prevalent in the Soho area.

Drawing inspiration from the existing building on site and the rhythm of the streetscape, the design for the new building at 54-57 Great Marlborough Street features a gently curved façade, composed of cast glass, black and white vitreous enamel and dark grey granite.

The buildings to be retained will be stripped back to their concrete frames and two new elevations – one of metal, the other of brick - will be introduced. Meanwhile, the building at 47 Poland Street, with Arts and Crafts detailing, will be refurbished.

A new, public courtyard, accessible from Great Marlborough Street, has been proposed as a central feature of the design. There are further plans to integrate public art into the scheme.

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