At a meeting, yesterday, of Westminster Council, Crosstree won planning approval for their scheme to develop homes, a hotel and high-end retail on the sites they acquired on Berkeley Street and Dover Street – just around the corner from the London office and opposite the Ritz.
The project, which is known as One Berkeley Street, will see the existing buildings demolished and a new 10-storey (and three basement…) redevelopment replacing them. It will include over 50 apartments, the largest of which be some 760 square metres. The approved plan also includes a hotel, as well as scope for retail, restaurants and bars.
The project’s architect is world-renowned David Adjaye, whose firm Adjaye Associates submitted their proposal to the Council in March. As Adjaye himself said in a statement at the time, “The proposal seeks to replace existing buildings of little architectural merit with a high-quality mixed-use building befitting of this iconic location.”
As well as the apartments and the hotel, the project will create a new public square in Dover Yard. As the images accompanying the proposal show, the design of the whole scheme includes concrete floorplates that create horizontal stripes across the façade, as well as cladding that forms fluted walls in between. David Adjaye said of his vision that “the design objective is to provide a beautiful addition to the Piccadilly streetscape and create a building worthy of being opposite the Ritz.”