Ken Shuttleworth’s Make Architects has bagged planning applications for a huge 28,000m² mixed-use development off Piccadilly, central London .
The £450 million St James’ Market scheme for The Crown Estate covers two blocks between Regent Street and Haymarket, creating 19,000m² of office space and 4,180m² of shopping, restaurant and leisure accommodation.
The project will see the replacement of 52-56 Haymarket, while the 14-20 Regent Street block (built 1929) will be redeveloped behind both retained and new façades.
Jonathan Mitchell, project architect at Make said: ‘South of Piccadilly, this site is somewhat forgotten and hidden away, despite its important historic roots in the heart of Westminster. Our designs will restore the character and quality of the area and radically improve the public realm and amenities.’
TateHindle, Paul Davis & Partners and Burwell Deakins are also involved in the proposals with CBRE providing planning advice.
Preserved historic facades and a traffic-free public space complete with public art, aim to ‘bring the area back into line with the quality of historic St James’s.
The homes included in the plansl involve three associated private residential and affordable housing schemes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom family homes.
Head of development Alastair Smart called the plan ‘perhaps the most significant development we have ever undertaken, which builds on the two schemes currently on site as part of our investment in St James’s and Regent Street to provide modern space for global businesses’.
The Crown Estate said it had consulted the local community, receiving “strong levels of positive feedback”.