The project due for completion in 2020 comprises retail, leisure and entertainment spaces, commercial offices and residential accommodation across 4 new buildings and a number of existing buildings.
The largest of the new buildings incorporates an innovative, retractable façade on its middle floors, revealing an urban gallery that will be open to the public at street level.
In the second phase, Skanska will refurbish the buildings along the north side of Denmark Street, London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’, an area with a rich musical history. The street was once home to ‘The NME’ and ‘Melody Maker’, as well as recording studios that saw The Kinks, the Rolling Stones and Elton John pass through their doors.
The refurbishment covers a number of Grade II listed buildings on Denmark Street, Denmark Place and St Giles High Street, some dating back to before the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The ‘smithy’, a 300-year-old structure that has been a stable yard and a blacksmith in years gone by, will be placed on a concrete raft and moved temporarily within the site, before being returned to its original location to become part of the entrance to the underground auditorium.