Proposals by Sheppard Robson to replace a central London car park with an office, hotel and retail development have been submitted for planning
The office element of 66-86 Farringdon Road, in Clerkenwell, would provide 3,900m2 of space targeting small and medium-sized enterprises in the media, creative and technology industries.
Its hotel component would be a 171-room Premier Inn, built to accommodate the operator’s ‘hub’ concept. There would also be 427m2 of retail or restaurant space.
An application for full planning consent was lodged with Islington Council on behalf of developer Endurance Land earlier this month.
Sheppard Robson said building’s exterior was designed to be a ‘concertina-like’ metal and glass façade that animated its street presence, but which was also informed by the size and proportions of the residential blocks that had occupied the site for much of the 20th Century.
Partner Dan Burr said the current car park had contributed little to the surrounding streetscape, and the project aimed to create building that better represented Clerkenwell’s reputation as the UK’s design hub.
‘The design takes a number of cues from the rich history of commercial buildings in the vicinity, using this to create a design that is both undeniably modern and rooted within its urban setting,’ he said.