First in a series of short interviews with Knight Frank’s Head of ESG & Alex Lifschutz
Knight Frank’s latest London Report (https://www.knightfrank.com/london-report) highlights the importance of the sustainable repurposing of buildings, transforming them into “alternative uses to create vibrant urban spaces, generating commercial and social value.” Thereby reducing the role of embodied carbon in buildings with repurposing single-use to mixed-use as a template for sustainable development. Our practice did exactly this at No. 20 Hanover Square – a former Georgian Townhouse (Grade II*-listed), which has been restored and repurposed to create 14,150 sqft of commercial space – now home to a 350-cover destination restaurant The Maine Mayfair and Prof. Jimmy Choo’s prestigious JCA London Fashion Academy.
Jonathan Hale (Head of ESG Consulting at Knight Frank) interviewed Alex Lifschutz (our Founding Director) about the Hanover scheme and the importance of a sustainable approach to architecture. The conversation got onto topics including public realm, walkability, changing environmental guidelines and what people will find when they exit the Elizabeth Line Bond Street station for the first time later this Autumn. We’ll share the interview over the next few weeks in bitesize chunks – click here to watch the first part – we hope you enjoy!