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Exclusive: Architects behind Centre Point's residential rebirth revealed

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Rick Mather and Conran & Partners have been picked to work on an ambitious residential-led revamp of Richard Seifert’s 1966 Centre Point office tower in London

The high-profile project, which has yet to be submitted for planning, will transform the iconic 34-storey Grade-II listed skyscraper into apartments with retail and public realm at its base.

Mather, whose Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was shortlisted for the 2010 Stirling Prize, is focusing on retail and commercial outlets within the low-rise Centre Point House and a glazed bridge that links it to the tower.

Conran & Partners has designed the flats in the main tower, which could include some duplexes at higher floors.

None of the 27,180m2 complex would be demolished under the plans, but a road that currently runs under the site could be diverted to create a public square.

Mike Hussey, chief executive of latest site owner Almacantar, confirmed both appointments. Images and details will be revealed next month.

Nearby Tottenham Court Road station, which is being designed by Hawkins\Brown, will open to Crossrail services in 2018 following a £1 billion revamp that includes a new entrance at the base of Centre Point.

Twentieth Century Society director Catherine Croft said the conversion to residential ‘would be no problem in principle’ and ‘should appeal to Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts’.

‘Once the new station is complete, this will be a fantastic location. It could become as fashionable as the Barbican, and make Seifert a household name once more.’

Rising star developer Almacantar bought Centre Point for £120 million in 2010 after its previous owner Targetfollow Property Investment & Development went into administration. Rolfe Judd Architects completed an internal refurbishment of the building five years ago.

Centre Point was built by 1960s property tycoon Harry Hyams and famously remained almost empty for a decade.







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