Service: Town Planning | Sector: London Offices
We were instructed by Brockton Properties to provide town planning consultancy advice on proposals for the demolition and redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office, to provide a new office building in response to the arrival of the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road and the site’s position in relation to the West End, Midtown, and Covent Garden.
Key planning issues included the height and bulk of the development, design, key local views and the impact on the nearby conservation area and listed buildings, as well as the quantum of housing and affordable housing provision. The scheme also attracted a lot of local interest.
We led the negotiations with Camden Council, the Greater London Authority and Historic England, and an extensive community consultation exercise was undertaken due to the significant local interest.
Working closely with leading architects AHMM, the proposals deliver a significant uplift in office floor space, together with new retail units, a GP surgery, and public roof terrace. Extensive public realm improvements to High Holborn and Museum Street were also secured, a key priority for Camden Council in terms of placemaking.
Our development team provided viability advice and helped to secure the payment in lieu of market housing.
This new landmark building for central London contains 25,000 sqm of flexible Grade A office space, with roof top gardens, mulit-purpose space and market-leading cycle facilities. Now complete, the office space is let to McKinsey and Nationwide as their London head offices.