The City of Westminster’s planning committee last night granted planning consent to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ updated masterplan for the neighbourhood block between the western side of Hanover Square and New Bond Street.
The consent delivers improvements to the original masterplan consented in 2011, enhancing the public realm and increasing visibility of the Crossrail station from Oxford Street.
The office entrance of the Over Site Development (OSD) building has been redesigned to front onto Hanover Square, establishing a strong street presence and integrating with the Crossrail station. The building has received a new façade treatment, replacing the consented scheme’s mansard storeys with elevations of profiled Portland stone.
Paul Sandilands said:
“In 2011, our design for Hanover Square was the first over site development to gain planning approval and set the bar for subsequent Crossrail OSDs. We were commissioned to enhance our masterplan to reflect GHS Partnership and Crossrail’s commitment to achieving the highest quality buildings and public realm for this hugely significant site in the heart of the West End.
“The public realm will create an attractive network of pedestrian routes through the site, with a new piazza at the heart of the Masterplan linking Hanover Square to New Bond Street, where it meets one of the finest retail environments anywhere in the world. At Hanover House, we have introduced materials and detailing of the highest standard to create a building redolent of workmanship and longevity, fitting for the only Crossrail station on a London Square.”
Read more about the scheme here.