Work has begun on the £350 million overhaul of London’s iconic Centre Point tower by Rick Mather Architects and Conran & Partners
During construction, the Grade-II listed, Richard Seifert-designed building will be wrapped in prints inspired by the 1960s central London landmark and designed by Eley Kishimoto.
The fashion designers prints have featured on some of the world’s most famous catwalks for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen. The printed ‘wrap’ for the tower complex will take six months to erect and a further six months to take down.
The high-profile project for developer Almacantar is due to create 82 apartments inside the 34-storey tower as well as 4,100m² of retail inside the low-rise Centre Point House and a connected glazed bridge.
The tower’s existing 36 private apartments will be retained and, the teams insists, no part of the complex will be demolished under the scheme. As part of the revamp a new piazza will also be created by diverting a busy road which currently runs through the site. Two exterior staircases at the base of the Richard Seifert-designed 1966 office tower would however be relocated inside the envelope.
Rick Mather has been commissioned as concept architect for the project, designing the retail elements and integrating the scheme’s public realm with an existing strategy for the area by Gillespies. Conran & Partners is designing the tower’s apartments which will range in size from 80m² to 600m².
Speaking about the project Gavin Miller, Co-Partner, Rick Mather Architects said: ‘We are delighted that the new public square is going ahead, it’s the key piece in the jigsaw : a major new square for central London, a destination at the eastern end of Oxford Street and with improved connections to Covent Garden, The British Museum, Tottenham Court and Charing Cross Roads.
‘Given its size and presence, Centre Point is the natural focal point of the new square, and we have worked carefully with the building to address this new public space.
‘The square is part of long term vision by Camden, Westminster, TFL and LUL, and we are pleased to be working with these partners in the delivery of this exciting new development and destination for London, and Londoners.’
Centre Point was built by 1960s property tycoon Harry Hyams and famously remained almost empty for a decade before becoming a popular London landmark. Almacantar bought Centre Point for £120 million in 2010 after its previous owner Targetfollow Property Investment & Development went into administration.
Works are expected to finish in the second half of 2017.