The consent is for the following:
The Approved Development
- Two main podium buildings of four storeys with shops and offices within, each podium with three residential buildings above ranging from 14 to 20 storeys high in total, with three basements, designed by Squire & Partners
- 13,600sqm gross internal office space on first to third floor
- 3,500sqm gross internal area of retail at ground and lower ground floors, of which approximately half would be shops and half would be restaurants
- 268 new apartments
- The four storey podium has been designed to provide a continuity of materiality across the site, through the use of GRC panels to preserve and enhance the adjoining buildings and Conservation Area
- The six residential blocks atop the podium break up the existing building mass and provide clear views through and from the Site
- Each of the six residential buildings have been designed in “pairs”, but as a family of buildings, each with unique diamond shaped facades of exemplary quality
- The provision of a pedestrian boulevard from Victoria Street through to St. James’ Station, including new public art through the site
- A large area of urban realm outside of St. James’ Station, with a small retail pavilion at ground level
- The proposals will replace the existing, out-dated office building with a development that will add vibrancy and activity to this part of Victoria, providing homes, jobs and carefully curated, high quality shops for the new business and residential community and beyond.
The application can be viewed on Westminster’s website using planning application reference: 16/11027/FULL, or can be found on the link below.
In late 2016, a planning application was submitted to amend the originally approved development (known as a “Section 73” application, or a Minor Material Amendment”), to allow for the following main amendments as a result of design development and changes to market demand:
- An increase in the number of apartments by around 10% (from 268 units to 295), principally as a result of further subdivision of the extant approved residential area;
- A reduction in basement levels from 4 to 3, with a corresponding reduction in the number of car parking spaces from 182 to 163
- A reduction of retail storage at basement level
- A minor reduction in retail area at ground floor, with a minor overall loss of retail frontage of approximately 3m, as a result of design coordination
- Minor external elevational changes as a result of design development, which improves deliverability without compromising on quality
- Minor building height and footprint changes
- Other minor internal and external changes required for coordination purposes.
It is expected that a decision will be made on the application for minor amendments in spring 2017.