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Setting the Gold Standard on Regent Street

Regent Street is one of our country’s most striking and historically important destinations and we are fortunate to be working with The Crown Estate, Exemplar and Great Portland Estates to deliver a number of incredibly exciting projects along Regent Street. But while its buildings boast glorious listed façades, the interiors are in need of redevelopment and the area is in need of regeneration.

Image © Amit Geron
Image © Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Exemplar
Image © Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Exemplar
Image © Hufton + Crow; Great Portland Estates

Quality dominates our clients’ visions for the Regent Street area. Here, we examine how we’ve helped to set and maintain the quality benchmark.

Sensitively redeveloping a treasured landscape

Regent Street was one of the first planned developments in London, so it is fair to argue that the benchmark for quality was set nearly 200 years ago. Every building in Regent Street is protected as a listed building, with at least a Grade II status, so it was essential that we worked closely with our clients and conservation consultants to identify, enhance and preserve any areas of historical importance. It was important that the designs complemented the uniformity of Nash’s original masterplan and we liaised closely with the City of Westminster and English Heritage to achieve this.

Setting new benchmarks in sustainability

All of our Regent Street projects have a BREEAM rating of Excellent or above. Block W4 and Block W5 South for Exemplar and The Crown Estate, and 33 Margaret Street for Great Portland Estates have used technologies such as rainwater harvesting, bio-diverse brown and green roofs, ground source heat pumps and highly efficient gas boilers and chillers, as well as responsibly and sustainably sourced materials. Block W4 and Block W5 South have also used BIM to help make more informed decisions in terms of sustainability.

The Quadrant buildings for the Crown Estate have environmental qualities at the very heart of their design. Q2 Air Street has achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ (currently at Design Stage), which is incredibly rare for a refurbished building, let alone one in a listed environment. This achievement can be partly apportioned to the central Energy Centre located beneath Q3 Air W1, which features the largest and most efficient hydrogen fuel cell in Europe. This carbon footprint-busting piece of energy technology provides 22% of the heat and power for the whole Quadrant scheme.

Creating luxury and longevity through design

The use of high quality materials has been crucial in creating desirable environments that stand the test of time. The luxurious five star Café Royal hotel, reincarnated by David Chipperfield Architects, exudes quality, not least from the countless reams of gold leaf which were used to decorate some of the function suites and historic suites. Materials and techniques used throughout include parquet flooring, copperlight doors, fumed oak and Portland stone walls were inspired by existing elements from the historic spaces to convey a strong sense of place. To us, that level of craftsmanship clearly demonstrates how the aspirations of quality have been firmly upheld.

Raising commercial value

While redevelopment is of benefit to London, to the local community and the public in general, it must also serve to improve the commercial value of the asset for our clients.  We have worked closely with our clients to understand what will add long term value to their assets and what will attract high quality tenants. We have maximised floor plates, improved services and increased overall flexibility for future accommodation. We have developed and incorporated sustainable solutions and ensured delivery of an end product that is more efficient to run. In all cases we have listened to our clients and used our experience across the industry to find the right solutions.

Our Regent Street Projects

Project

Client

Architect

Buro Four Role

Details

21 Glasshouse Street

The Crown Estate

Barr Gazetas Architects

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

Refurbishment to provide 25,000 sq ft multi-tenanted
office space. Part of the Q2 block.

33 Margaret Street

Great Portland Estates

BFLS

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

Mixed use development comprising 96,200 sq ft
of Cat A office space and 3,000 sq ft retail.

Block W4

Exemplar / The Crown Estate

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

Part demolition behind retained Grade II listed street façades to provide 135,000 sq ft high quality office and retail space.

Block W5 South

Exemplar / The Crown Estate

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

120,000 sq ft speculative high quality office led mixed use scheme with terraces on upper floors.

Quadrant 1, Café Royal hotel

The Crown Estate

Chipperfield

Architects / Donald Insall Associates

The Crown Estate Surveyor

Redevelopment of the Café Royal block into a luxury 159-bedroom 5* hotel with spa facilities, restaurants and prime retail space.

Q2 Air Street

The Crown Estate

Barr Gazetas

Architects / Donald Insall Associates

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

Redevelopment behind a Grade II listed street façade to provide 68,000 sq ft office space.

Q3 Air W1

The Crown Estate

Dixon Jones / Donald Insall Associates

The Crown Estate Surveyor

Redevelopment of old the Regent’s Palace Hotel site to provide 180,000 sq ft office, 20,000 sq ft retail and nine quality residential units.

Walmar House

Great Portland Estates

RFK Architects

Project Manager

Employer’s Agent

New build and refurbishment mixed use development comprising 63,254 sq ft office, retail and residential accommodation.