At the outset of the project, the team worked with Publica to study the public spaces and ground level activities of the neighbourhood. This highlighted that much-needed tranquil public space would make a positive contribution to this part of London and supported the design team’s masterplan that orientated the development’s commercial uses to the main street frontage, and conceived the courtyard as a quiet counterpoint to the busy streets around.

The carefully configured public realm, designed in collaboration with Gross Max, also brings the newly restored Grade II* listed Fitzrovia Chapel back to life and handed over to a community trust. The chapel, and the green space around it, are placed on a podium further reinforcing its prominence and newly reinforced civic function.

Linked to this central space is a second smaller green square towards the north-east corner of the site, with a more intimate, secluded landscaped area with seating to make the most of afternoon sun. Its soft landscape contains medicinal plants relating to the previous hospital which existed on the site since the 18th Century.

Integral to the development is the inclusion of a number of community facilities. Providing a direct link back to the Middlesex Hospital, a primary care facility is entered on the eastern flank of the ground floor and extends to the lower ground level of the building on Cleveland Street. There is also education space in the form of an assembly hall for the adjacent All Souls School, entered from the northern frontage of the building.

Planning History

2007 Planning approval granted for previous scheme
2008 Demolition of hospital
2011 Planning approval granted for built scheme
2012 Construction commences
2016 Official launch and practical completion

Project Team

Architect:
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Developer: Exemplar / Aviva Investors
    Planning Authority: London Borough of Westminster

    Development Data

    Site size (ha):8.5
    Date of completion:04/01/2016
    Schedule of accommodation:13 x studios, 101 x 1 bed apartments, 81 x 2 bed apartments, 85 x 3 bed apartments, 4 x 4 bed apartments, 5 x penthouses
    Tenure mix:81% private / 19% affordable
    Size of typical home:n/a
    Parking spaces:193

    *All information published is as provided by the awards applicant

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