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Chipperfield’s Selfridges revamp gets green light

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David Chipperfield Architects’ has been given the go-ahead for the redesign of the east side of Selfridges’ flagship Oxford Street store in London

The new façade will cover a building linking the grade II-listed Oxford Street storefront with the unlisted ‘SWOD’ building to the rear – named after Somerset, Wigmore, Orchard and Duke Streets which once enclosed it.

A planning officers report into the application said: ‘In heritage asset terms the alterations have been designed to suit the style and period of the main building without copying its details and to preserve as much of the original stonework as possible while forming the new entrance.’

The design will create a new covered portico, prompting concerns from planners that this area would be used for anti-social behaviour.

In response, Selfridges has produced a management plan which guarantees uniformed security officers will patrol the entrance and install CCTV along with security lighting.

The revamp will create 143m² of new retail space, framed by two large columns clad in reconstituted stone, with a black stone and white marble floor.

The practice originally won planning for a new façade for the department store in 2014 but the plans were reworked earlier this year.

Chipperfield is the latest in a line of big-hitters to have been lined up to work on the extension and redevelopment of the Oxford Street store.

In 2012 Renzo Piano Workshop beat OMA and Herzog & de Meuron to design a new addition on a site behind the building - a plot previously earmarked for a £300 million mixed-use tower scheme by Foster and Partners which was shelved in 2003.

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