Fletcher Priest Architects has won planning permission to redevelop a 1970s tower block in the heart of Westminster, which is the current headquarters of Rolls-Royce
Its scheme, for Anquila Corporation and London & Oriental, replaces the Buckingham Gate building’s lower-rise element with a new six-storey red-brick structure and reclads the retained 17-storey block, adding a new fully-glazed lobby, a ‘reduced and rationalised core’ cased in marble, and dark bronze cased windows.
Under the plans the tower will be split between residential and commercial use, with four lower storeys for office use and 12 floors above dedicated to long-term tenancy apartments.
Proposals submitted to Westminster City Council earmark the scheme’s new-build element for a mix of office and retail accommodation.
Fletcher Priest said the redevelopment – which will be named Buckingham Green – would also improve the public realm by replacing a dark alleyway that is a current feature of the existing layout with new public space featuring ‘attractive, high quality shops and restaurants’.
A third element of the scheme involves the replacement of an adjacent low-rise building that was part of the original 1970s development with a new three-storey structure next to the Grade II-listed Albert pub.