Fitzrovia redevelopment gets go ahead

Westminster has given the green light for a redevelopment of the Berners-Allsopp Estate in Fitzrovia.

The seven storey building will be designed to provide around 22,000 sq ft of office space and an estimated 5,300 sq ft of retail, showroom or restaurant space.

Planning permission was secured by designers BuckleyGrayYeoman, who have designed the building which is in line with Westminster’s goal to encourage a mix of property uses in the Fitzrovia area.

Berners-Allsopp Estate manager Edward Leigh-Pemberton said: “The redevelopment of 41-44 Berners Street is the first new development that the estate has initiated in the current cycle and it will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of the streetscape and the continuing regeneration of the estate’s property assets in the vicinity.”

The redevelopment will incorporate a Portland stone facade and bronze windows, while there will also be exceptional cyclist facilities, heralding a dedication to providing a very modern work space for the area.

Paul Buckley, Director of the buildings designers BuckleyGrayYeoman, said: “Our extensive experience in Westminster proved invaluable in delivering a design that met the aspirations of the planners, allowing us to achieve a major increase in floorspace on an under-used site.”

“42 Berners Street will be an exceptionally high quality building that will really set the bar for subsequent redevelopment in Fitzrovia.”

Mr Leigh Pemberton believes it is a great time for the development to take place: “Its timing will capitilise on the success of the major Fitzroy Place development and the opening of Crossrail in 2018.”

Demolition should begin in the summer and the development is planned to be completed in early 2017.

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