Adjaye Associates’ designs for a 14,158m² mixed-use building on London’s Strand have been approved
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. The scheme in the Trafalgar Square Conservation Area will replace a 1982 office block, 5 Strand, which was the former headquarters of Land Securities.
The practice was appointed by development manager Alchemi Group on behalf of investment firm BlackRock Real Estate in late 2015.
David Adjaye, principal of Adjaye Associates, said: ‘This is not only an exciting opportunity to revitalise a historic London site through the creation of an exemplar mixed-use development. The development will also begin to restore the Strand’s architectural confluence as a core power axis in line with that of the Mall, Whitehall and Pall Mall.’
Co-founder and creative director at Alchemi Group, Laura Marino, said: ‘To say we are thrilled to have achieved planning for the client is an understatement. The architecture speaks for itself and is unlike what is currently being built across London. It was crucial to come up with a building that addresses the importance of the site itself and would stand on its own without overshadowing its immediate surroundings nor the conservation area.’
Westminster City Council approved the proposals by three votes to one.
Architects Adjaye Associates
Location 5 Strand, London
Project type Mixed-use building
Structural engineer Mason Navarro Pledge
Client Alchemi Group and Black Rock Real Estate Partners
Tender date November 2015
Gross internal floor area 14,158m²
M&E consultant Hurley Palmer Flatt
Quantity surveyor Core 5
Planning supervisor Gerald Eve
The architect’s view
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding Grade I and II listed buildings, the approved development will provide a contemporary architectural landmark that sympathises with the surrounding character and language of the Strand and immediate area.
Particular attention has been paid to ensuring height and roof lines of the new development respond appropriately to those of its neighbours, with special consideration given to the building’s visibility from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.
Employing a diverse palette of high-quality, sustainable materials, our design not only demonstrates its commitment to detail and the importance of creating a relationship between the building and its surroundings, but also its consideration to the building’s environmental credentials. The new development aspires to a 35 per cent carbon reduction through the use of high-performance building fabric and glazing as well as low to zero-carbon technologies and smart building systems. The commercial office workspace will also target BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification.
The new development will also deliver an improved streetscape and public realm for the famous London thoroughfare. A cantilevered retail colonnade, positioned at street level, has been introduced as a contemporary reinterpretation of the arch motifs frequently used in the locality but also to provide passive control measures, opening up the ground plane to provide a clear and generous public conduit from the Strand to Charing Cross.