Marks Barfield Architects has won planning consent for the 23,000 sq m redevelopment of Stephenson House in Euston on behalf of Lazari Properties 2 Ltd, a subsidiary of Lazari Investments Ltd. The existing building will be rejuvenated and designed to set a new bench mark for wellbeing, embracing the latest research for commercial development in Central London.
The mixed use development will contain office space alongside 17 homes, cafes, restaurants and shops. A potential new health centre may also be provided. The upcycled building will deliver an increase of 5,000 sq m GEA on the site, split between the various uses.
Stephenson House has been designed to promote wellbeing, embracing circadian design principles with an abundance of glare-controlled natural daylight. The building will be filled with gardens and planting alongside office space, with a “forest floor” to the atrium spilling into the reception of the building.
A feature stair in the new atrium will encourage occupiers to walk between floors and promote chance encounters as people move through the building. Biophilic features,
including double-height pocket gardens between floors and greened roof terraces, will provide moments for informal working and reflection, alongside interaction and breakout spaces. Natural materials that meet the highest BRE Green Guide ratings will be specified wherever possible.
Responding to the hierarchy of the streets, the extensively glazed façades of the proposed building will feature a mix of natural stone on the Hampstead Road elevation and warm coloured brick on Drummond Street. Bronzed metal will be applied to details throughout. A feature will be made of a full-height glazed “lantern” façade on the corner of Drummond Street and Hampstead Road, with an eye catching three-dimensional pleated pattern of glass panels that will highlight the building, and visually connect to the Tottenham Court Road and the West End beyond. Retail units and cafes will occupy the ground floor of the building, creating meeting places for the public and building occupants.
The retrofit will create 17 homes on the site comprised of 11 homes for market, and 6 for affordable rent. The proposed homes account for 50% of the planned increase in floor area (GEA) on the site. The existing NHS clinic already established on the site will also be offered premises within the new building.
Ian Rudolph, Marks Barfield Architects Practice Director has said:
“In its current guise, Stephenson House is an outdated building that contributes poorly to Hampstead Road and Drummond Street. Our proposal upgrades it to a high-quality mixed use development that has been designed with the intention to prioritise wellbeing, by ‘greening’ with gardens both internally and externally, at the same time as improving the quality of the streetscape.
“The development will be flooded with natural light and filled with gardens to provide a working environment that is unrivalled – something entirely appropriate for Euston’s status as a major destination within London, spurred by the growth and investment that HS2 has begun to bring.”