RPP are excited to announce that proposals for Castlewood and Medius House have now been submitted for planning.
Our scheme sits within the Tottenham Court Road Opportunity Area and is of particular significance to the studio as it has been our home for the past seven years!
The proposal is to demolish the existing Castlewood House which would then make way for a new eleven storey building – providing 21,000 sqm of grade A office and retail, with private or communal terraces on multiple levels offering views over the rooftops of Bloomsbury and Soho.
Ground floor retail would animate all four elevations of the building, providing a mix or larger and smaller scale units, whilst a new pedestrian arcade linking New Oxford Street to Central St Giles will be lined with retail and punctuated by an external courtyard space.
Improvements to the public realm would enhance pedestrian links between the Central St Giles and Centre Point developments; a new landscaped plaza on the corner of Earnshaw and Bucknall Street will benefit from retail animation and a double height office entrance, while a generous ‘sky garden’ announces the entrance from distant views.
The form and materiality of the building is deeply rooted within its surrounding context. A precast concrete façade responds to the formal language of New Oxford Street, while the textured brick facades of Earnshaw and Bucknall Street are more in keeping with the warmer palette of Covent Garden and St Giles.
Meanwhile, the proposal for Medius House, which occupies the eastern end of the island site, is to provide much needed affordable housing within Camden. Sitting within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area and identified as a positive contributor to the area, the existing office building will be converted to residential, with the 1930’s façade to be retained below a two storey contemporary extension.
The project is targeted to go before committee later this year.