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Eric Parry completes St James's Square office

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Eric Parry Architects has completed this 6,085m² office scheme in central London

The £28million development within the St James’s Conservation area for investment company Green Property included the demolition and redevelopment of buildings at 8 St James’s Square and 7 Apple Tree Yard.

Three different façades have been used, including brick to complement nearby Georgian buildings and to contrast with the neighbouring Edwin Lutyens-designed frontage.

Full height glazed doors and metal cladding panels have been incorporated on the sixth floor, and deep windows, varying in size in response to the change in street level, on the ground floor.

8 St James Square

The central section part of the building is set back with an inset balcony. The fourth and fifth floor wall is inclined, with a triple glaze to reflect the sky.

Stephen Cox’s artwork, a basalt sculpture, is accompanied by a three stone panel balustrade, inscribed with a tribute to the designer of New Delhi, Lutyens, who laid out his plan for the Indian capital from his studio on Apple Tree Yard.

The façade to Apple Tree Yard includes windows that have ‘distorted stainless bronze panes’, a reference to the windows of the nearby Church of St James’s, in Piccadilly.

Internally, inspiration has been drawn from the history of the Gentlemen’s Clubs that surround St James’s Square, including bespoke furnishings designed by the architects.

Eric Parry, principal at Eric Parry Architects said: ‘The project has required a thorough approach, taking into consideration the challenges imposed by the site as well as the richness in the heritage of the area.

‘These informed our design for the architecture and the interiors, as well as the choice of Stephen Cox to carry out the sculptural commission in commemoration of Sir Lutyens and his connection with this special part of Westminster’.

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