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St Martins Lane

Covent Garden

This was a watershed project that exceeded our client’s expectations and brief, and established without reproach, our ability to handle complex commercial projects involving distinguished and highly protected grade listed heritage buildings.

The brief evolved throughout the project, but primarily required the conversion and redevelopment of three buildings in the Covent Garden conservation area, from office/commercial to a mixed-use scheme.

This project involved the renovation of a Georgian Grade II* listed building and the lateral conversion and mansard extension of the neighbouring two Victorian terraces. The restaurant and retail uses at ground level were maintained and kept open during construction. The upper floors were converted and extended backwards to realise luxury residential and modernised boutique office space. The prominent site location contributed to the list of complexities on this project, which required an assured and accomplished approach in terms of design and project management.

The fluidity of the brief, which changed more than once throughout the project required a proactive, reactive and flexible approach, so that when changes to the scope happened these were enacted promptly, avoiding knock on delays and unnecessary increases in budget.

The understandably cautious conservation officer for Westminster council presented a significant challenge, demanding to see proposed changes to the fabric of the listed building in excruciating detail.

With an acute attention to the finest of details, and an assured diligence liaising with the officer, sign-off was secured without any undue delay.

"This was a difficult project with high levels of complexity, E2 found the best solution and delivered it with aplomb. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to working with them again."

"E2 were appointed in August 2010 to carry out appraisals and feasibility studies for the buildings (nos. 50, 51 & 53 St Martin’s Lane). E2 explored various options with agents and cost consultants through development appraisals, produced to ascertain the cost benefit profile over a 25 year period.

E2 ascertained and maximised the highest potential GDV within a moving brief, staying agile and responsive throughout the project as market conditions evolved. Acting with our interest at the front and foremost of their mind, E2’s input proved invaluable.

E2’s heritage and conservation knowledge and their sensibility in dealing with the local Conservation Officer for the City of Westminster meant that gaining approval for the works was never in doubt, providing us and the design team with the security and confidence that the project would be successful. Throughout the construction E2 acted as Lead Designer advising and guiding us through the contracted works, always with a mind to our and the project’s best interests; looking to achieve the highest value outcomes.

This was a difficult project with high levels of complexity, E2 found the best solution and delivered it with aplomb. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to working with them again."

Graham Perkins

Developer Client

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