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Planning, Development & Heritage

Our expertise in action

Our expertise in action

Using our expertise and experience, we have helped our clients to achieve their ambitions across a wide range of property sectors and geographies.

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    Land Securities PLC – Piccadilly Lights

  • Land Securities PLC – Piccadilly Lights

    We’ve been advising Land Securities on this particular block (in the heart of Piccadilly, London) for over 13 years.

    To date, we have achieved a number of planning permissions for the site – including new restaurants, additional retail units and commercial floor space. By gaining a ‘Certificate of Immunity’, we’ve also protected the site from being listed.

    Working closely with Land Securities, we have advised on the long-term masterplan to redevelop the site and double the amount of floorspace behind the iconic advertising screens. This received planning permission in April 2016 and will include a substantial new retail, office and residential areas of circa 215,000 sq ft.

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    AstraZeneca - Alderley Park

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    Community Trust Housing - Wayland House

  • Community Trust Housing - Wayland House

    We helped Community Trust Housing (SW9) secure planning permission for a new tower next to Slade Gardens, as part of the Stockwell Park Estate regeneration.

    Significantly taller than neighbouring buildings, the former Wayland House also borders the Stockwell Park conservation area. The scheme consists of 159 units in a building 66 metres high (or 22 storeys).

    High quality architecture by PRP, and strong support from residents of the Stockwell Park Estate, enabled a compelling case to be presented to the planning committee.

    Although the scheme was opposed by the local MP and various lobby groups, we managed to secure the support of the Greater London Authority, which recognised the scheme’s benefits and endorsed the planning committees’ decision. Now completed and fully occupied, the scheme completes the regeneration of the northern part of the Stockwell Park Estate.

    Rebranded as Park Heights, the completed scheme features stunning roof-top gardens and an estate wide CCTV centre. 52% of the housing is affordable. The scheme was also nominated by Lambeth Council for a New London Architecture (NLA) Award.

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    London and Continental Railways - Mayfield

  • London and Continental Railways - Mayfield

    We were appointed by London and Continental Railways (LCR) to review and update the Mayfield Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF).

    We provided the commercial input and advised on the masterplan to regenerate this 27 acre site into a new quarter in Manchester city centre.

    Our financial appraisal work underpinned the SRF, which we developed to assist LCR in its business case to Central Government. We also negotiated the land pooling agreement with Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, undertaking land acquisition from third party owners.

    Over time, the instruction evolved into the procurement of a private sector delivery partner to facilitate this regeneration.

    Following a global marketing campaign, and an OJEU procurement process, we are now interviewing a short list of delivery partners to form a joint venture with LCR that will deliver 900,000 sq ft commercial space, 200,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, two hotels, 1,300 residential units and a six acre park.

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    EICC Ltd - Edinburgh International Conference Centre

  • EICC Ltd - Edinburgh International Conference Centre

    We prepared and submitted a detailed planning application for the development of a major extension to the Edinburgh International Conference centre and commercial office development.

    The development proposals are in a high profile city centre location, comprising the final component in Sir Terry Farrell’s Exchange Financial District masterplan. The additional function space comprises a 21,500 sq ft multi-purpose hall with a column free layout and moveable floor to provide flexible space for a capacity of 2,000 delegates.

    The site is on the edge of a World Heritage site, and is viewed as extremely sensitive in terms of potential visual impact on the Edinburgh skyline.

    As part of the pre-application we scoped key issues and carried out a detailed consultation to inform and promote the development proposals. This was completed in only four months.

    We worked in close cooperation with our Agency, Capital Markets and Management colleagues who were also part of the client advisory team.

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    Skelton Group - Coseley Park, Dudley

  • Skelton Group - Coseley Park, Dudley

    We were instructed by Skelton Group Investments to secure outline planning consent for the Coseley Park site in Dudley. The site extends to approximately 26 hectares (64 acres) and comprises a significant complex of ageing industrial buildings that have reached the end of their economic life.

    We advised on planning issues and planning strategy, and prepared a ‘loss of employment land’ case to support the planning application and retail assessment. The application was submitted in August 2015 and a resolution to grant planning permission for up to 925 homes, along with offices and retail floor space, was made in December 2015.

    We have since been instructed by Skelton Group Investments to market the site to residential developers with the joint marketing agents.

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    Dorsett International - Alpha Square

  • Dorsett International - Alpha Square

    We led the project team and Fred Pilbrow Architects to develop this scheme on the Isle of Dogs. The three towers at the development comprise of 500,000 sq ft (rising up to 65 storeys) and includes private and affordable housing, retail space, a hotel, a health centre and a primary school.

    We prepared the Environmental Statement to comply with current EU regulations, and undertook the financial viability appraisals to justify affordable housing provision at 25% and a reduced quantum of planning gain.

    On behalf of the client, we appointed a consultant team, following a competitive tender process to ensure best value. We developed and led the political consultation strategy with the former Mayor of London (Boris Johnson), Deputy Mayor (Sir Edward Lister), Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Ward Councillors to secure political support for the proposals.

    Our considerable experience working on other tall buildings and masterplan projects across London, was key when testing options, identifying risk and agreeing the preferred planning strategy.

    Over six months, we undertook 15 pre-application meetings with Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority officers to secure support for a significantly enhanced quantum of development. The application was approved by the Mayor of London in April 2016.

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    EFA - Kingston Community School

  • EFA - Kingston Community School

    We were instructed to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of an office building to provide a new primary school, 25 flats (with no car parking) and affordable housing.

    We identified Kingston House as a potential site to deliver a new school. It is well located in terms of public transport and large enough to accommodate 26,000 sq ft of educational use and 22,500 sq ft of residential use.

    A broad programme of consultation was undertaken in developing the scheme proposal. This included engagement with school governors, teachers and parents, together with statutory consultees and local residents. A series of pre-application meetings were held with officers at the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.

    We coordinated a multidisciplinary team in the preparation and submission of the application. The new development will provide new educational facilities within Kingston and deliver much needed housing on a brownfield site which is highly accessible.

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    Selfridges

  • Selfridges

    We have been acting as the planning consultant for Selfridges Retail Ltd for over 15 years. During this time we have undertaken a range of instructions, which have helped to maintain the condition of the iconic flagship department store whilst enabling it to change and keep pace with the retail market.

    The store faces the dual challenge of continuously adapting to maintain its reputation as a world renowned retail department store, whilst also protecting and preserving the heritage value of the listed building.

    We mediate between these conflicting priorities to ensure that all schemes meet the planning, design and conservation requirements set by Westminster City Council. Where appropriate, we show sensitivity to the department store’s proximity to existing residential apartments and recognise, for example, the need to ameliorate the impact of new plant or open air facilities such as the roof top restaurant. We also act as the lead consultant on all major instructions to provide comprehensive planning advice and project management services.

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