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DSDHA wins approval to strip back and remodel Shaftesbury Avenue office

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DSDHA has won planning approval for the £90 million refurbishment and extension of a 1980s office block in London’s West End 

Plans for the scheme at 125 Shaftesbury Avenue include stripping back and remodelling the 10-storey, 17,650m² building to provide 9,682m² of additional floorspace, including external terraces, and a public arcade running through the site. 

Its existing concrete structure will be retained, while the office entrance will move from Shaftesbury Avenue to Charing Cross Road.

Tom Greenall, DSDHA associate director, said: ’At 125 Shaftesbury Avenue we set out to create a building that confidently inserts itself in the surrounding context – in close proximity to Soho and Seven Dials Conservation Areas.

’Our intervention maintains the core structure of the existing 1982 11-storey building, yet it proposes more sustainable workspace by exploiting the site’s full potential and contributing positively to the legibility and character of its surrounding. The analysis and understanding of the historic context has been a fundamental element of our proposals.’ 

Project-backer Almacantar purchased the building from BlackRock UK Property Fund back in July 2013 for around £110 million. A previous scheme for the site was drawn up for BlackRock by John Robertson Architects (JRA).

Dsdha exploded axo

Dsdha exploded axo

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125 Shaftesbury Avenue scheme by DSDHA (exploded axon)

Project data 

Client Almacantar
Budget £90 million
Architecture and historical analysis DSDHA (Deborah Saunt, Tom Greenall, Matt Lambert, Isabel Moreira, Astrid Bois D’Enghien, Arnold Seligmann, Louis Hall, Daniel Boesen)
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer AKT II
Service engineer Long and Partners
Cost consultant Gardiner and Theobald
Access consultant D2E
Townscape consultant Peter Stewart Consultancy
Daylight/sunlight consultant GIA
Public relations London Communications Agency

Site plan

Site plan

Source: DSDHA

Site plan

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