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Adjaye reveals plans for Strand showstopper

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Designs for a new 14,158m² mixed-use building on London’s Strand by Adjaye Associates have been submitted for planning

The building will supply 5,760m² of office space, plus 26 high-end apartments on the top floors, and retail units on the ground floor. It will replace a 1982 office block - 5 Strand - which is currently the headquarters of Land Securities.  

The practice was appointed by development manager Alchemi Group on behalf of investment firm BlackRock Real Estate a year ago (see AJ 10.11.15).

David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, said: ‘The opportunity to work on the Strand, adjacent to the iconic Trafalgar Square, is an immense honour and one that I do not take lightly.

‘My team and I have undertaken rigorous investigation into the history and development of this crucial piece of London’s urban fabric.

‘I am very proud of the resulting design, which draws on the architectural rhythms and forms of the context to produce something both modern and contextual, elegant and distinctive.’

Co-founder and creative director at Alchemi Group, Laura Marino, said: ‘From the moment we were appointed on this outstanding project we knew that an exceptional design, befitting of its landmark location, would be of paramount importance.

‘After holding a private competition, we appointed Adjaye Associates, who have just unveiled the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC.

‘We listened carefully to the feedback from planning officers and Westminster City Council, and the end result is, we believe, a truly outstanding building befitting this prestigious location.’

Project data

Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: 5 Strand, London
Type Of Project: Mixed use building
Structural Engineers: Mason Navarro Pledge
Client: Alchemi Group and Black Rock Real Estate Partners
Tender date: November 2015
Gross internal floor area: 14,158m² (GIA)
M&e consultant: Hurley Palmer Flatt
Quantity surveyor: Core 5
Planning supervisor: Gerald Eve

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