Stanton Williams has secured planning consent for an office-led mixed-use scheme in the heart of London’s West End
Camden Council’s planning committee approved the practice’s proposals to extend and refurbish 60-70 Short Gardens and 14-16 Betterton Street in Covent Garden.
The 4,500m2 scheme, backed by a joint venture of developers Span Group and Structadene, will transform two underused buildings.
It will create new and refurbished office space with a restaurant/bar at basement level and four new apartments.
Stanton Williams said interventions at ground-floor level along Shorts Gardens would ‘open up’ bricked-up arches to ‘improve and enliven the character of the street’.
A curved bronze metal-and-glass two-storey extension will provide new office accommodation with external terrace space.
The Covent Garden Community Association objected to the scheme – which lies within the Seven Dials Conservation Area – on grounds of height and concerns about use.
Planning officers said a range of conditions would be attached to planning permission to protect against disturbance to local residents. Their report added that the ‘interesting curved form and appropriate architecture’ of the proposed extension meant it would not harm key views.
Under the terms of the planning approval, Stanton Williams must be retained as project architect unless the council gives permission for a change.
Practice director Patrick Richard said: ‘The development at Shorts Gardens aims to offer a creative and exciting opportunity to provide a rich sequence of good-quality, mixed-use spaces while also retaining and enhancing the unique character and history and the existing buildings within the historic Covent Garden area.’
Stanton WIlliams’ Covent Garden scheme, model elevation of 60-70 Shorts Gardens
Source: Stanton Williams
Type Office-led mixed-use
Client Span Group and Structadene
Architect Stanton Williams
Project manager Hush
Cost consultant Equals
Structural engineer Fluid
MEP and fire Cundall
Acoustics RBA Acoustics
Planning consultant Lichfields