8,500 sq ft
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This prime Soho site has had a varied history of investment, development and neglect since it was first built upon as housing in the second half of the seventeenth century. Once a fashionable location for living it slipped into gradual decline in the mid-eighteenth century; replaced initially by the old Lion Brewery and then in the 1930’s by Trenchard House – a police section house providing central London hostel-type living for police officers. The Metropolitan Police Authority vacated the building in 2000 and it has remained empty since.
tp bennett were commissioned by Barratt Homes on the back of previous successes in Westminster and our respected relationship with Westminster’s planning department to deliver a mixed use, residential-led planning application that provided both affordable housing for intermediate rent by economically active locals (high quality homes but in the key worker spirit of the old section house) and prime market penthouses, which would return the site to its fashionable, residential roots.
In its 2012 planning permission tp bennett designed a vibrant place to live by activating street frontages, creating a new pedestrian thoroughfare to connect existing boutique shopping streets with the Berwick Street market and deepening pavements to provide overspill space for local cafes.
The development will comprise of 78 residential apartments, 85% of which will be affordable homes.