We have received planning approval for the redevelopment of a significant site in Buckingham Gate, near St James Park tube station.
Buckingham Green sets new standards for public realm on this site at the edge of St James’s, close to Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The thousands of people who walk across it between the underground station and workplaces will pass attractive, high quality shops and restaurants which can spill into sunlit spaces catching midday and evening sun, rather than through a dark alleyway.
Improving the public realm comes from reinforcing and imaginatively combining different characteristics of the site and its surroundings. The context is late Victorian ornamented brick buildings with mature trees marking axes. The replacement for a tired podium to a 1970s tower reflects this character with richly articulated red brick. It also beds the tower more comfortably in its setting, with a fully glazed lobby, a reduced and rationalised core cased in luscious marble and innovative dark bronze-cased openable windows. It has four floors of offices with twelve of long term tenancy apartments above. The new scheme will be 80% more energy efficient when complete.
Client: Anquila Corporation / London & Oriental