Westminster planners have backed DSDHA’s plans to redevelop a post-war office block in Piccadilly, London
The proposals, drawn up for the Crown Estate, involved demolishing the existing seven-storey block Airwalk House and rebuilding it with an additional two storeys, a roof terrace, and more than double the amount of office space.
The ground floor and basement of the building would switch from banking and café use to retail. Airwalk House is opposite Wren’s Grade I-listed St James’s Church and adjacent to the Grade II*-listed Piccadilly Hotel.
DSDHA said the new block would offer ‘generous ground and first-floor arcaded elevation and masonry construction, while offering well-lit workspace on the floors above.’
Westminster planning officers said DSDHA’s proposal was ‘of high design quality’ and that the designs made reference to the more traditional commercial buildings in the West End.
Officers added that it was ‘essential’ the Piccadilly and Swallow Street façades were clad in natural Portland stone.
DSDHA founder and director Deborah Saunt said: ‘Working with The Crown Estate to bring high-quality contemporary architecture to Piccadilly, alongside buildings by Wren, Norman Shaw and Lutyens, has been a privilege.
‘We hope very much that our proposals will provide a moment of delight that contributes to the architectural legacy of this historic part of the city.’
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Location Airwalk House, 35 Piccadilly
Type of project Office/retail
Client The Crown Estate
Project manager Jackson Coles
Planning consultant CBRE
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Historic consultant Donald Insall Associates
Cost consultant Gardiner & Theobald
Services engineer Mecserve
Fire Consultant BWC Fire
Façade consultant FMDC
PR consultant Four Communications