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St James’s Market
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21st-century placemaking

St James’s Market

  • Location London, UK
  • Status Built
  • Services Architecture, Urban design
  • Sectors Retail, Workplace
  • Area 34,000m²/366,200ft²
  • Client Oxford Properties, The Crown Estate

This flagship scheme is part of a decade-long investment programme to revitalise St James’s Market. We’ve redeveloped two key blocks in the heart of London’s West End, delivering offices, retail and a new public square directly south of Piccadilly Circus – an area that became isolated following the construction of Regent Street in the 1820s. Our aim was to restore the site to its former glory and celebrate its historic identity with a vibrant new destination defined by first-rate public realm and world-class architecture.

It was important that we remained respectful of the site’s unique history, so we collaborated closely with Historic England, the St James’s Conservation Trust, the Westminster Society and Westminster City Council to ensure our design preserved its character and quality. The two Grade II-listed facades on Regent Street have undergone extensive repairs, and the interior and rear have been sensitively reconstructed. We’ve also added an elegant office and retail building that respectfully echoes the quality, scale and materiality of nearby structures.

Finally, we’ve pedestrianised four back-streets on the eastern fringe of St James’s Market to improve connectivity and solidify the site’s relationship with its wider urban context – one of the many ways our holistic design integrates the new and existing buildings with the public realm.

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1 St James's Market

The fin on 1 St James’s Market, with its glass-encapsulated bronze mesh and fretwork inspired by ornate stonework on the original building, demarcates the main entrance and new-build portion.

St James’s Market is the most exciting scheme that we have ever undertaken in the West End.
Matthew Giles
Head of development, The Crown Estate
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Contrasting forms

The more organic form of 2 St James's Market acts as a strong contrast to the rectilinear expression of 1 St James’s Market, yet the facade materials and detailing clearly connect the two.

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1 St James's Market reception

The atrium rises through all seven floors to the rooflight and features a suspended Corian staircase with bespoke lighting.
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We commissioned British artist David Thorpe to create laser-cut leather 'art walls' for the reception, lift lobby and a portion of the St James's Market elevation of 1 St James's Market.

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Features include a monolithic marble desk, ribbed limestone walls and ceiling, and bespoke linear lighting.
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2 St James's Market reception

London Plane timber from the Crown-owned Windsor Forest forms the reception walls, desk and seating area.
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The bespoke lifts open onto reception and are integrated into the space.
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1 St James's Market roof

The remodelling of the roof involved skilled work on elements including the dormer leadwork, timber window mouldings and lead cartouches.

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The high-end retail along the newly renamed Regent Street St James's features 7.5m bronze shopfronts.

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2 St James’s Market design

2 St James’s Market takes inspiration from the more eclectic architectural style of Haymarket and a number of Art Deco buildings nearby.
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2 St James’s Market roof terraces

The building’s upper levels benefit from roof terraces with uninterrupted views across the city.

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Awards

  • RIBA London Awards 2018 Winner
  • London Planning Awards 2018 Winner – Best New Place to Work
  • Westminster People's Choice Award 2017 Shortlisted
  • RICS Awards 2017 Shortlisted – Commercial, London
  • OAS Development Awards 2017 Shortlisted – Best West End New-Build
  • New London Awards 2017 Shortlisted – Office category
  • AJ Architecture Awards 2017 Shortlisted – Workplace of the Year
  • Blueprint Awards 2017 Shortlisted – Best Non-Public Project (Commercial)

Project Team

AECOM, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, CBRE, Clarke Saunders, David Thorpe, Edmonds, Gardiner & Theobald, GIG, Hanover Cube, NDM, Ramboll Fire, Techrete, Waterman Structures

Make Team

Harry Godfrey, Jonathan Mitchell, Justin Nicholls, Vicky Brown, James Roberts, Ken Shuttleworth, Luke Smith, Rebecca Thomas
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