2019 - The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties bring forward proposals for a second phase of development at St James’s Market | The Crown Estate

26 February 2019

The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties bring forward proposals for a second phase of development at St James’s Market

The St James’s Market Partnership – the joint venture between The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties Group – has announced early-stage proposals for a second phase of regeneration at its landmark St James’s Market scheme. The partnership is today launching a public consultation to invite feedback and encourage engagement with the plans.

The second phase of St James’s Market aims to further the revitalisation of this part of the West End with a new mixed-use development comprised of modern office accommodation, a series of new retail and dining spaces, and the creation of new accessible public space for visitors and local people.

The plans, which are unveiled for the first time today, seek to redevelop a group of buildings adjacent to the successful St James’s Market scheme, and which are bordered by Norris Street, Haymarket, Charles II Street and St Albans Street.

The buildings include the 1960s St Albans House and Samuel House, as well as those on Charles II Street, all which have reached the end of their commercial life, have limited architectural value and do not contribute to the Conservation Area.

The area also includes the former Carlton Cinema on Haymarket, which received Grade-II listed status in 2018, where enhancements to the façade are proposed, involving the removal of the modern advertising hoarding and careful cleaning of the front elevation, in support of the broader vision of the St James’s Conservation Area. The Crown Estate and its partners Oxford Properties will come forward with proposals for the interior of the cinema separately.

The proposed second phase development, designed by Make Architects, would deliver new commercial and public space for the West End, while working sensitively and carefully alongside the listed cinema. It would build on the success of the partnership’s development St James’s Market, launched in November 2016, which is located between Regent Street St James’s and Haymarket.

In support of these proposals, The Crown Estate will also bring forward a separate planning application for new homes at 33 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, a significant proportion of which would be affordable housing.

The original St James’s Market development revitalised an overlooked part of the West End, creating 210,000 sq ft of modern office space, which is fully let to 10 occupiers, alongside six flagship retail stores from brands such as Aspinal of London. St James’s Market is also home to exciting restaurant concepts including the Michelin-starred Aquavit, Duck & Waffle Local and Ikoyi, the innovative West African dining offer.

James Cooksey, Director of The Crown Estate’s Central London portfolio said: “These are hugely exciting plans for The Crown Estate and our partners Oxford Properties and reflect the scale of our ambition for the West End. We believe this second phase of development would play a central role in the continuing regeneration of the area, a process which was kick-started with the original St James’s Market development. We are keen to engage with the public and interested stakeholders on our proposals, and to get their views on how we can deliver places which meet the needs of local people today and spaces which will adapt for the future.”

Chris Carter-Keall, Managing Director – Head of UK Real Estate at Oxford Properties said: “Oxford remains committed to connecting people to exceptional places. Our Partnership with The Crown Estate has delivered a transformative development with the completion and letting of phase 1 of St James’s Market. This joint venture is now focussed on working together to deliver a truly connected environment that will welcome forward looking companies that wish to attract and retain the best staff investing in placemaking, sustainability and excellent customer service. ”

Further details on the proposed second phase of development can be found at: www.stjamessmarketphaseii.co.uk 

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