Situated on a prominent corner of Fitzrovia, this neglected 1910s building at 79 New Cavendish Street underwent a major refurbishment to create new flexible work and boutique retail spaces, whilst retaining the character of the original building.
Harley Property Holdings
Squire & Partners
Engaged early in the design process, we assisted in working up the detailing and ensuring that the buildability sequence and interfacing with the structure and stone, was understood.
Once the initial design work was complete, following a number of design revisions to maximise the value for the client, the final commercial scheme was approved and we went on to deliver the project.
The existing brick clad façade was stripped back to the primary structure line and new stone cladding installed over the column and slab lines. Punch hole elements were then installed into the opening giving full height apertures of glazing around the two primary elevations.
To the rear of the building, the existing façade was retained and all windows replaced. This involved a complex survey to rationalise all window types and bring some continuity and rhythm to the façade. At 5th floor, the existing structure rakes back in a slate clad mansard roof with replacement windows within the existing dormers.
At roof level, plant screens mask the air handling equipment from neighbouring properties, whilst at ground floor level the stone openings are enlarged and infilled with curtain walling to give a broader frontage at street level. Access to the building is through a pure bronze main entrance doorset, which fittingly compliments the original character of the building.
This tastefully finished space, provides an inspirational place to work, within walking distance of Oxford Circus, and offers far reaching views across London from the top floor.