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123-151 Buckingham Palace Road

123-151 Buckingham Palace Road

Remodelling and enhancement of 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road

 

Welcome to Gaw Capital Ltd’s website for the remodelling and enhancement of 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ.

 

Following our public exhibitions on Thursday 29 June and Saturday 1 July, please see the exhibition boards to download. If you have any queries, please contact Jessica Stewart at jessicas@commcommuk.com.

 

Gaw Capital is proposing a two and a half-storey set-back roof extension, which will provide up to 760 additional jobs in new high-quality office space. The ground floor public realm will be remodelled and enhanced, opening up the currently covered Colonnade Walk to create a bright and welcoming area lined with shops and restaurants as well as new hard and soft landscaping. Central Square will be transformed to include a new office entrance for the new office floors and improved public facilities will be accessible for Bulleid Way bus station users off Bulleid Way.

 

The Site

The site is located in Victoria, in-between four major transport hubs; Victoria mainline and underground stations, connecting passengers to Victoria coach station and Bulleid Way bus station.

The site is made up of buildings at 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, including the stone Colonnade archways, the glass canopy walkway and set-back retail units. On the ground floor, the site extends into Central Square and through to Bulleid Way, and includes the bus station. Offices are located in the main building, which is six storeys and is accessed from the Colonnade Walk.

 

The site sits within the Victoria Opportunity Area and BID, which have been established to encourage regeneration and growth. The building on-site is not listed, nor is the site within a Conservation Area, although it is close to the Belgravia Conservation Area and the Pimlico Conservation Area, which includes a number of listed buildings. Redevelopment of this site is necessary to improve spatial planning and movement in this highly-accessible location. Crossrail 2 is proposed nearby, with two entrances planned to lead onto Buckingham Palace Road. The proposed station would see an additional 30 trains per hour through Victoria's tunnels and bring up to 24,000 more passengers through in peak hours.

 

Due to its location and the current condition of the site, it is clear that redevelopment here is crucial to provide better facilities for the increase in workers and visitors.

 

Existing site

The Proposals

For the first time, the entire building is under a single ownership, enabling a masterplan for the whole site that creates opportunities for enhanced and extended retail and office space.

Our vision is to create a useable and active space, which will deliver both outstanding new office and retail space. We believe that current public realm areas are cluttered, unwelcoming and difficult to navigate.

 

The proposals are for a two and a half-storey set-back roof extension, which will provide up to 760 additional jobs in new high-quality office space as well as the remodelling and enhancement of the ground floor public realm. Improved public facilities will be accessible for Bulleid Way bus station users.

 

Specific details of the proposals include:

 

Public Realm

Retail Space

  • The scheme proposes to remodel and enhance the public realm on-site, opening up the currently covered Colonnade Walk, creating a bright and welcoming area lined with shops, restaurants and hard and soft landscaping
  • The majority of pedestrians approach the site from Victoria station to the north and are greeted by the heavy stone archway. This feature is a significant obstacle to pedestrian movement at what is a busy and congested junction. The proposal is to remove the archway and connecting glass canopy, opening up the public realm to create an inviting and bright approach to the buildings
  • The pedestrian walkway through the Colonnade Walk will be widened to create a better sense of space for workers and pedestrians. Street furniture, as well as hard and soft landscaping, will be integrated to create an attractive and active ground floor environment. We are working with BBUK on landscaping plans for the site
  • Materials used throughout the scheme will complement both the existing structure as well as buildings in the surrounding area. A weathered steel is proposed to line parts of the Colonnade
  • The current office entrance on the ground floor will be extended forward and widened to improve visibility.
  • The existing retail floorspace is disjointed and provides a poor retail offer that appears uninviting. The shops are positioned behind a row of heavy columns and they do not meet modern requirements
  • The proposals will extend the shop frontages, increasing visibility and floorspace
  • There will be fewer retail units than currently on-site, however, they will be larger and more flexible, attracting a mix of high-quality A1-A4 units
  • Street furniture will be introduced and there is the potential for external seating as well as hard and soft landscaping
  • The shop fronts will have a clear identity, using materials that complement the existing building. Steel columns and beams will be used to frame the building and echo the exposed steel grid of the façade above.

Central Square

Bulleid Way Bus Station

  • The open square is located in the heart of the development and is extremely underused due to the lack of legibility and poor way-finding
  • The scheme proposes to revitalise and remodel this space through the introduction of a new office entrance for the new office upper floors.
  • The new space will provide an opportunity for new public art. Landscaping is also proposed for Central Square.
  • Bulleid Way can currently be accessed through Central Square as well as along Eccleston Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge. The proposals will close the access through Central Square
  • New bus facilities, including a reception area and ancillary facilities, will be created on Bulleid Way. Access to the bus station will continue to be maintained from Eccleston Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge.

Roof Extension

 

  • Additional office space will be provided on-site through a two and a half-storey roof extension. The Victoria Area Planning Brief recognises the scope for additional height within the vicinity
  • The proposed extension will be articulated by a modern and finely detailed glass structure, completing the base, middle and top architectural approach
  • Cladding details have been incorporated that echo the rhythm and architectural language of the exposed grid of the existing façade
  • The roof extension will be accessed via the new office entrance in Central Square. Lifts will take workers straight to the sixth floor where they arrive in the Sky Lobby
  • The extension will be set-back from street level and integrated with a mezzanine and roof terrace, which will create outside space for new workers.

Community Benefits

  • By enhancing the public realm and pedestrian environment around the site, the proposals will benefit residents, workers and visitors

 

  • The proposals will vastly improve the usability of the site and improve the character of the area

 

  • The opportunity to improve spatial planning is key to allowing smooth connections in this congested urban context

 

  • Refining and upgrading the retail offer will create a more inviting and active ground level environment, boosting Westminster’s economy and supporting local businesses

 

  • There is an opportunity to improve facilities for coach travellers with a new reception area and ancillary facilities.

Next Steps

Gaw Capital Ltd is keen to engage with the local community regarding the proposals and will be holding a number of consultation events.

Register for Updates

Please complete the contact form to register for updates throughout the planning process and beyond.

Two public exhibitions introducing the proposals will be held on Thursday 29 June 2017 from 2pm to 7pm and Saturday 1 July 2017 from 11am to 3pm on-site in an empty shop at the Eccleston Bridge end of the building on the corner with Buckingham Palace Road (see map for location). The project team will be on-hand to explain the proposals to members of the public and to answer any questions.

 

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Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with the project team or have any questions, please contact Jessica Stewart at Comm Comm UK.

 

020 7125 0421

 

jessicas@commcommuk.com

123-151 Buckingham Palace Road