John McAslan and Partners has won a competition run by the Crown Estate to redevelop a major chunk of London's Regent Street, and now has until October to develop the first phase of its thinking.
The practice is to explore possible new uses for 30,000m 2of existing space, which is likely to become a mix of retail, leisure and office accommodation. Initial studies will examine which buildings and facades need to be retained, and which can be replaced.
'This stretch of Regent Street is important, and there are huge amounts of potential within the block.What we need to do is sift out the elements that are of lower importance and retain those of more significance, ' said John McAslan.
'We're beginning right now to look at what the new uses might be, and whether we will principally be doing redevelopment or refurbishment.'
The block, essentially forming the south west quadrant of the street, was largely designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and Norman Shaw, in a series of linked buildings.
The practice will also be looking at street furniture as a way of 'reinforcing the quality of the urban realm', said McAslan, who added that the practice's plans will 'inevitably dovetail' with the Crown Estate's wider proposals to pedestrianise Regent Street.