Price & Myers was appointed with Barbara Weiss Architects to internally reconfigure seven historic mixed-use buildings in central London, transforming them into a single, cohesive property while maintaining the residential and retail functions.
Located on a busy street corner in Marylebone, the site is bounded by Marylebone High Street and St Vincent Street to the north and Blandford Avenue to the south. To add complexity to this tight location, the fourth side of the site is adjacent to a primary school with the rooftop playground overlooking the project.
The brief required the design team to maintain but modernise the building facilities. The basement level and ground floor space are used for retail, and the four storeys above are private residences. Additionally, the site includes the adjoining residential buildings on St Vincent Street and Blandford Avenue.
To undertake the work with least disruption to the retail and residential tenants, the project was split into two stages. Initially, enabling works were carried out to the retail levels including a refresh of the store frontage and opening up of useable space within the basement. During these works Price & Myers was able to strengthen the existing structure in the lower levels in preparation for the future alterations to the upper floors.
The main works to the upper floors involved extensive redevelopment and internal alterations to the residential flats, including a full rear extension to partially infill the inner courtyard area. Ceiling heights were improved, and internal layouts modernised. Two new lift shafts and a widened corridor improve access to the residential area. Externally the flat roof section to the rear of the site has been adapted into a landscaped area for use by residents.