The Crown Estate has appointed construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall to refurbish 1-3 Regent Street - a Grade II listed building in St James’s, London.
The £8.5 million development, set to be completed in summer 2014, comprises the regeneration of the elegant listed building and will include the comprehensive refurbishment of the building’s internal fabric and services, with repairs and cleaning to the existing façades.
Once complete, the development will provide a high-quality restaurant and a modernised open plan commercial office space delivered to meet the long term vision of Crown Estate’s investment in St James’s.
The project entails the complete remodelling of the existing building to modernise the dated office space and improve energy efficiency that is required to meet the needs of today’s occupiers. The works will see the building’s interior stripped out and refurbished to a high standard while respecting the built heritage.
The office floor space will be extended and its stair cores reconfigured to create an open plan environment with more natural light provided by the new floor to ceiling windows in the existing lightwell. A new contemporary office reception with high-quality finishes will greet the new occupiers and the upper levels of the building will provide a net internal area of 21,260 sq ft of high-quality modern office space.
The ground floor and mezzanine levels of the building will be refurbished to a high shell and core specification with the restoration of the original marble staircase and lift that will offer a bespoke feature in the restaurant space. The basement has been designed to provide flexibility and servicing for a kitchen that is required in a modern restaurant.
The office space elements of the project are designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent, while the retail section of the development is on track to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Regent Street was created in 1811 by John Nash, arguably Britain’s finest ever town planner, after he was commissioned by the Prince Regent – later George IV – to redesign the centre of a booming London. The Grade II listed façades that line its elegant curve represent some of the most distinguished architecture in the capital.
In common with many of its neighbours, 1-3 Regent Street has an interesting history. Formerly known as British Columbia House, it was constructed in 1914 to house the office of the Agent-General of the Province of British Columbia to promote trade and links between the Canadian provinces and the British Empire. In this spirit, key components of the building were shipped over from Canada.
Adrian Barnes, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “This is a fantastic project for the London office and we are proud to be working with The Crown Estate to provide high-quality office and retail accommodation in St James’s.
“We have significant experience of delivering prestigious commercial projects and we look forward to bringing this to the scheme.”
John Grinnell, Development Manager for The Crown Estate said: “This project forms an essential part of our strategy to redefine St James’s for future generations, creating a new destination in the heart of the West End. We are delighted to be working with an organisation that shares our values and understands our long term commitment to the area.”
Morgan Sindall is also on site at a £25 million project to redevelop Carmelite Riverside on London’s Victoria Embankment. The project for Orion Capital Managers and Quadrant Estates will transform the Grade II listed building, formerly known as Carmelite House.
The company also recently completed work on a £65 million office redevelopment in Agar Street in the heart of London’s West End for Legal & General Property (LGP). In addition, it is nearing completion on a project to transform the former Pathé headquarters on Wardour Street in Soho as part of a major office refurbishment for Legal & General Property (LGP).
The Crown Estate is committed to protect, enhance and respond to St James’s essential character through its vision to preserve the area’s architectural heritage, to improve its public areas and to regenerate its office and retail portfolio and to do this in line with The Crown Estate’s core values of commercialism, integrity and stewardship.