Darling Associates are delighted to announce that Westminster City Council has approved plans for a high-quality, comprehensive redevelopment and refurbishment of Axtell House, a seven-storey 16,340 sq. ft. (GIA) commercial property situated near to, and visible from, Regent Street at the corner of Warwick Street and Beak Street, W1.
Designed by Darling Associates for E&A Property Investment Company Ltd, part of the Estates & Agency Group, the plans include the development of replacement roof storeys on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, and the creation of a new roof garden and terrace. These plans also include a comprehensive refurbishment of the existing interior space and the front and rear elevations, and the introduction of a remodelled and enlarged entrance and enhanced street frontage.
The internal commercial core will also be reconfigured to improve circulation and allow direct access to the lift core, and significant improvements to the building’s thermal envelope will also be made. The improvements will significantly enhance thermal performance, light quality and amenity space in the upper roof storeys, and clear the roof of plant.
Damion Burrows, Director, Darling Associates, comments:
“Our design will reconnect the newly constructed roof storey elements to the rest of the building in terms of architectural form. We are providing a more cohesive design that will positively contribute to the existing streetscape, vista and views at such a central location close to Regent Street.
“Our concept for the redevelopment of the three upper floors integrates stone and metalwork into a contemporary Mansard Roof design that deliberately evokes the articulation of a Manhattan style. At the same time, it provides an overall design that unifies historic and contemporary elements and delivers a facility befitting this location in the heart of the Soho Conservation Area.”
The remainder of the Axtell House development team includes Fraser Randall (project manager); Rolfe Judd (planning consultant); Four Communications (public relations); Andy Sturgeon Design (landscape architect); Taylor Project Services LLP (services consultant) and FLUID Structures (structural engineer).
Letting agents will be Levy LLP (Simon Tann) and LDG Commercial (Daniel Castle).
Refurbishment and construction work on Axtell House will be carried out in two phases. The first commences in early March 2017, followed by the second phase which is expected to commence in June 2017.