The proposed 158,000 sq. ft mixed use development for Alchemi Group and BlackRock will include 6 floors of new Grade A, flexible office space, 26 luxury residential apartments on the upper four levels and a lively public realm animated by retail at ground level. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding Grade I and II listed buildings, the scheme will provide a contemporary architectural landmark that sympathizes with its heritage surroundings. The new development aspires to a 35% carbon reduction through the use of high performance building fabric and glazing as well as low to zero carbon technologies and smart building systems. The commercial office workspace will also target BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification.
Speaking of the announcement Sir David Adjaye said: “This is not only an exciting opportunity to revitalise this historic London site through the creation of an exemplar mixed use development. The development will also begin to restore the Strand’s architectural confluence as a core power axis in line with that of the Mall, Whitehall and Pall Mall.”
Laura Marino, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Alchemi Group commented: “To say we are thrilled to have achieved planning for the client is an understatement. The architecture speaks for itself and is unlike what is currently being built across London. It was crucial to come up with a building that addresses the importance of the site itself and would stand on its own without overshadowing its immediate surroundings nor the conservation area. Adjaye Associates also skillfully met the demands of a rigorous design process which has led to an outstanding mixed-use development.”