Shelton Street
The brief from the previous owners was to demolish the remaining structure of this fire damaged building make a dramatic architectural intervention into Covent Garden to attract office tenants from the media and telecommunication sectors. The response to the surrounding historic warehouses was a dramatic, highly engineered, double skin of glass and steel design using intelligent glass facade technology creating a passive heat source and air extract motor. This provided the opportunity to develop a rich architectural vocabulary, with sound functional purpose, responding in a contemporary way to the engineering character of the surrounding historic fabric. The design was well received but despite the existing building being badly fire damaged local interest groups vetoed the removal of the remaining building fabric. Planning consent was granted for a radical refurbishment of the existing building as offices with the sensitive integration of some of the remaining cast iron structure at the lower levels. Following purchase by the current owners planning consent was granted in 2005 changing the use of the building to high quality loft apartments on the upper floors with a restaurant below. Further planning consents were granted in 2006 varying the use of the lower floors to retail. The evolution of this development has demanded: Radical and relevant modern architecture Sensitive refurbishment Integration of current market demands into historic townscape and building fabric Planning and local interest negotiations