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ESA bags planning for Oxford Street scheme

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[First look + project data] ESA Architects has won planning permission for this mixed-use project on London’s busiest shopping thoroughfare

The 4,200m² scheme for the Co-Operative Insurance Society replaces existing 1950s buildings on both Oxford Street and nearby Berwick Street.

ESA’s proposal features basement, ground and first floors retail with office space above and six apartments. An elevated roof garden featuring a green roof is also planned.

Kevin Wylde of the practice said: ‘The project provides a great opportunity - as part of the ongoing regeneration at the eastern end of Oxford Street - to design a landmark, contemporary, sustainable mixed used scheme which also enhances the character and appearance of the conservation area and repairs the damage done in the 1950’s.’

ESA is part of multi-disciplinary giant Capita Symonds. Westminster City Council approved the scheme which is expected to start on site this month and complete next spring.

ESA Architects' 149 and 151 Oxford Street and 59 Berwick Street scheme in London. Image credit Capita Symonds

ESA Architects’ 149 and 151 Oxford Street and 59 Berwick Street scheme in London. Image credit Capita Symonds

Project data

Architects:  ESA, part of Capita Symonds
Location:  Oxford Street/Berwick Street - London W1
Type Of Project:  New build mixed use - retail/residential/offices
Structural Engineers:  Greig-Ling
Client:  AXA Investment Managers on behalf of Co-operative Insurance Society
Tender date: Tendered May 2012 
Start on site date: September 2012 
Contract duration:  12 months 
Gross internal floor area: 4,200m² 
Form of contract and/or procurement:  Design and Build 
M&e consultant:  The Anslow Partnership 
Quantity surveyor:  Quantem 
Planning supervisor:  Gerald Eve 



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