Piercy & Company has submitted plans to replace an entire 0.19ha block within the Covent Garden Conservation Area in London
If approved by Westminster City Council, the 7,420m² residential-led scheme will provide a series of buildings ranging from five to seven storeys, and will retain the facades of a number of historic facades.
The proposals for developer Helical Bar, provide for the demolition of existing buildings and their replacement by 68 homes above ground floor shops and restaurants.
Four separate buildings will be arranged around a central courtyard, in an attempt to retain the character and grain of an urban block.
A statement from Piercy & Company said: ‘Our early design strategy has been to subdivide the site on an east/west and a north/south axis.
‘The east and west buildings reference the historic and theatrical narrative of Covent Garden with expressive ‘draped’ cast stone panels facing Drury Lane and subtly decorated window reveals on Arne Street.’
On the north/south axis, the north facing building will have a ‘robust brick warehouse quality reflecting the unadorned character of Covent Garden’s back streets’, the practice said.
‘To the south, the existing historic façades on the corner of Drury Lane and Dryden Street will be retained,’ it added.
A planning statement submitted to the council said that the retail space has been design to meet BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards, and the residential accommodation would meet sustainability targets.
Parking for 28 cars and 144 bicycles, along with landscaping works are also proposed as part of the application.
Helical Bar bought the site for £42 million earlier this year.