On Tuesday 22nd January consent was granted for 124-143 Oxford Street, a mixed-use project that includes the retention of much of the grade II listed Ilford House and the façade of Berwick House to create uninterrupted, large box retail to Oxford Street with flexible office space above and the retention of a basement nightclub.
The redevelopment of these buildings upgrades a city block fronting Oxford Street, retains the best of the existing buildings and respectfully inserts new structures. The scheme will further enhance the rich and diverse architectural quality of Oxford Street and enhance the setting of Ilford House and Berwick House.
The complex site required significant manipulation to achieve efficient floor space and the retained façade of Berwick house is to be jacked up 1200mm to assimilate levels through the site.
The existing structure on the Wardour Street corner was considered of no significant architectural value and the Committee agreed that a quantum of demolition was necessary to maximize the site’s potential. The new building responds to the grain and scale of the adjoining Oxford Street buildings and the elevation is sequenced so as to echo the existing plots widths. These façades consist of double height stainless steel shopfronts with clear glass set within light grey granite surrounds, Portland stone is used for the upper office floors with granite detailing. The uppermost attic storeys and new roof are set back from the restored retained façade of Ilford House.