David Adjaye’s £600 million Piccadilly scheme opposite the Ritz hotel has been put on ice with developers opting instead for an AHMM-designed revamp of the existing buildings
Adjaye Associates’ competition-winning proposals to demolish half a city block in the Mayfair conservation area and build a new hotel and residential scheme won planning permission in September 2015.
But the project never progressed, and this week developer Crosstree Real Estate Partners submitted a fresh set of plans to Westminster City Council seeking permission to extend and refurbish the existing buildings.
The horseshoe-shaped site, arranged around Dover Yard, comprises a post-war office block fronting Piccadilly, the Holiday Inn on Berkeley Street, Squire & Partners-designed offices at 44-48 Dover Street and a single 1980s block at number 43.
AHMM was appointed to the project in March and has drawn up plans for a two-storey extension on the corner of the city block and a complete internal refurbishment to provide a 190-bed hotel, 6,500m² office space, and 2,000m² of retail.
According to the architect, the ground-floor façades will be replaced by high-quality shop fronts, with the Piccadilly façades reconditioned using the existing Portland stone with contemporary bronze framed glazing.
As with Adjaye’s scheme, the AHMM project also involves opening up the under-used Dover Yard at the centre of the site, transforming it into a public thoroughfare between Berkeley Street and Dover Street.
Associate director Philip Turner said ‘Our team is delighted to be working with Crosstree to reinvent this important city block and poorly used courtyard as an exciting new place in east Mayfair.’
Adjaye Associates saw off a star-studded shortlist including Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Eric Parry to secure the Ritz-facing revamp in 2014.
Crosstree was set up in 2011 with about £500 million of backing from the Bertarelli family, the Swiss-Italian pharmaceutical dynasty.
After buying 1-3 Berkeley Street in December 2011, the developer later snapped up the neighbouring property at 48 Dover Street for £83.5 million from London Asset Management in June 2013.
The AJ understands the delivery of the AHMM scheme would not rule out a return to the more substantial Adjaye scheme in the future.
Adjaye Associates was approached for comment.
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