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Assisting in the redevelopment of an iconic office tower in central London

Almacantar Ltd

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Development planning, transport assessment

Centre Point is an iconic listed 33-floor landmark office tower situated in the heart of central London. Constructed in the early 1960s, the transport access arrangements for the building also reflect different times. It was originally designed to be located in the middle of a roundabout and had a larger than standard underground car park because, according to the 1959 Planning Permission, of the “scale and importance of the development”.

Almacantar Ltd, the new owner of the building, has been working to refurbish the buildings as a residential development with high-quality retail facilities on the ground floor and a significant reduction in the level of car parking. At the same time they have been working to improve the public realm around the site as part of wider proposals to improve the area near St Giles Circus, a key location in the new area being redefined as “mid town”.

What we did

Steer Davies Gleave was asked by Almacantar to examine the existing conditions around the site and prepare a Transport Assessment for the scheme. We also provided design advice for access to the site during different construction stages and also worked with the scheme architects to design the layout of the basement and service area.

How we did it

We liaised with the architects (Rick Mather Architects and Conran and Partners) and other technical consultants to ensure that transport issues were considered as part of the development of the scheme.

We worked closely with Camden Council and Transport for London to understand their aspirations for the area and developing and agreeing proposals to make changes to bus services.

We also helped to plan construction access taking into account the Crossrail works occurring nearby at Tottenham Court Road Station which will cause long-term road closures and diversions.

Other important schemes nearby are a project to introduce two-way buses on Tottenham Court Road and a development proposal which includes reducing traffic in Denmark Street (“Tin Pan Alley”). The greatest challenge of this project has been to place the Centre Point proposals in the context of these wider schemes and ensure that all the different development timelines are compatible.

A Planning Application for the scheme was submitted in April 2013 and Planning Permission was granted in July 2013. Refurbishment works are expected to begin in early 2015.

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