Tuesday 15th January 2013 will go down in the history books of Make as the night that we secured four planning consents for four separate schemes across London. The projects cover a range of sectors and are indicative of Make’s breadth and depth of design and planning experience.

Southwark Council gave the green light for the outline masterplan for the Heygate Estate at Elephant and Castle. Designed for Southwark Council and Lend Lease, the masterplan has been 10 years in the making and involved dedicated community engagement and consultation. By 2025, the scheme aims to deliver approximately 2,500 new homes, shops, restaurants and community facilities, and create over 5,000 jobs and central London’s largest new park in 70 years.

While over at Westminster Council the planning committee resolved to grant consent for three further schemes. Two of these are representative of Make’s growing portfolio of heritage work comprising a significant amount of retention and redevelopment.

The first, a part redevelopment / part new build scheme at St James’s Market for the Crown Estate comprises 210,000 sq ft of commercial space and 50,000 sq ft of retail across two urban blocks surrounded by significant public realm improvements.

The second is the redevelopment of 48 Leicester Square for CORE to provide new commercial offices and active retail frontages, which will cover a full island block comprising the whole of the west side of the square. P arts of the façade of the existing building will be retained while the roof is to be capped with a contemporary bladed structure.

The third scheme given the go-ahead by Westminster is a mixed use development for Legal and General. 56,000 sq ft of offices will be developed at 7-10 Hanover Square, soon to be a prime West End location following the completion of Crossrail. A second building fronting 103-109 Wardour Street will house 6,500 sq ft of residential accommodation. New retail and restaurants at ground floor level will breathe life into the square.

Ken Shuttleworth said: “Our design approach and egalitarian structure puzzles many people as they can’t pigeon-hole us. We don’t have a house-style, we design for each individual location, for its context, for the client’s brief and ultimately for the end user. Each team member has as much say in the project as the next and all ideas are brought to the table equally. It results in great design, a happy workforce and happy clients. We are delighted with last night’s results and looking forward to taking each project forward.”

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