SimpsonHaugh and Partners has won planning for a 14-home scheme in Westminster
The brick-clad housing scheme for GSP Real Estate will replace two former office buildings on Buckingham Gate.
The scheme opposite Wellington Barracks, is set within a conservation area and according to the architects has ‘carefully considered form, proportion and materiality to create a scheme that is highly sensitive to its local context’.
Its façade, which features decorative bronze metalwork screens and contrasting brickwork, steps back at the upper levels to reduce the building’s impact on the street.
GSP Real Estate chairman George Farha, said: ‘SimpsonHaugh and Partners was appointed after an invited competition involving five architectural practices. We feel that they demonstrated an understanding of our key objectives for this challenging site which requires a highly contextual design. This is a prestigious project for GSP Real Estate in a sensitive area.’
David MacDonald, partner at SimpsonHaugh and Partners, added: ‘Planning consent in such a prominent Conservation Area is a significant achievement, justifying GSP’s confidence in SimpsonHaugh and Partners. In particular, approval highlights how high quality design and attention to detail supported consultations which convinced all stakeholders that the scheme will enhance its historic context.’
The project is set to start on site in summer 2016.