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Piercy & Company wins planning for Drury Lane homes

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Piercy & Company has won permission to replace an entire block within the Covent Garden Conservation Area in central London

The 11,275m² residential-led scheme for developer Helical Bar features four separate buildings arranged around a central courtyard. The scheme retains the facades of a number of historic structures, as well as demolishing other blocks and replacing them with 68 homes.

The original scheme, which was submitted for planning in September last year, ’evolved’ through discussions with Westminster City Council, Historic England and local amenity groups.

Among the tweaks to the initial design was the addition of a mansard roof to 26 Drury Lane and the retention of the facade at 12 Dryden Street.

Development executive Oliver Rippier of Helical Bar, which bought the site for £42 million last year, said: ’We’re pleased to have secured a resolution to grant consent for a scheme that will make a positive contribution to the future of Covent Garden.

’Following an extensive consultation with neighbours and stakeholders we were impressed with Piercy & Company’s collaborative approach to design.

’The final scheme successfully references the historic context of the area while sensitively introducing more contemporary features.’

Stuart Piercy, director of Piercy & Company said: ’We approached this complex site with an idea that it might feel like four buildings, designed and built incrementally over time; discrete and with their own character, but part of the whole texture and grain of Covent Garden.’

Piercy and Company Drury Lane Concept Model Jack Hobhouse Photography

Piercy & Company Drury Lane concept model Jack Hobhouse Photography

Project data

Architect: Piercy & Company
Address: 28-35 Drury Lane and 8-12 Dryden Lane, London WC2
Client: Helical Bar
Project Manager: GVA Second London Wall
Planning Consultant: DP9
Interior Architecture: Johnson Naylor
Heritage: Tavernor Consultancy
Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
MEPH Engineer: Mecserve
Fire Engineer/Environmental: Waterman
Acoustic Consultant: Clarke Saunders Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Transport: Curtins
CDM: Robinson Low Francis
Daylight/Sunlight: Delva Patman Redlerils
Project Size: 11,275m²

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