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Rare scoops planning for £18m Westminster housing

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Rare Architecture has won planning permission for this £18 million high-end residential scheme in Westminster – featuring a contemporary interpretation of the bow window

Planned to complete in 2018, the 4,600m² project for Land Securities is situated a short distance from Buckingham Palace within Westminster City Council’s ‘Birdcage’ conservation area.

According to a statement from the practice: ‘This project revisits a recurring theme in English architecture by proposing a contemporary interpretation of the classic bow-window.

‘This redesign of the window element is characterised by the use of curved glass which extends elegantly from the building whilst enlarging the living space. The placing of the bow-window according to each living room permits a semi-external spatial experience.’

The statement continued: ‘The building’s fabric is approached with a similar concept – using existing materials in a contemporary manner. This again ensures a clear differentiation between historical and new build while creating a dialogue between the two.’

Rare Architecture's £18 million high-end residential scheme in Westminster

Project data

Architect RARE architecture
Location Westminster, London
Type of project Residential
Structural engineer Parmarbrook
Client Land Securities
Funding N/A
Tender date N/A
Start on site date expected 2016
Contract duration expected 2018
Gross internal floor area 4,509m²
Form of contract and/or procurement N/A
Total cost £18 million         
M&E consultant Chapman + BDSP
Quantity surveyor McBains Cooper
Planning supervisor Gerald Eve
Annual CO2 emissions 27.46


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