BentallGreenOak secures planning consent for 110,000 sq ft St James’s office scheme
JLL is the retained leasing adviser.
BentallGreenOak (BGO) announced that it has secured consent from Westminster City Council’s planning committee for a refurbishment and extension of 78 St James’s Street, SW1, formerly the headquarters of HSBC’s Private Bank in London.
The Squire & Partners designed scheme will deliver premium Grade A office accommodation on floors of up to 18,500 sq ft and with clear heights of 2.8m. At roof level, a new rooftop pavilion extension and external terrace will provide all users of the building with spectacular panoramic views over Green Park and Westminster.
The historic front section of the building, which was constructed in the 1840s and is Grade II* listed, will be retained and sensitively refurbished to provide an enhanced level of amenities, including a wellness suite, a health food delicatessen and a business lounge, equipped with a bar for evening functions. A flexible multi-function room will offer a range of activities, from yoga and pilates to town hall meetings. There will be luxury changing facilities for bicycle commuters, akin to a high-end gym.
Alexander Morris, Development Director at BGO said: “78 St James’s Street will be delivered into a core West End market where there has been little speculative development of late, particularly of buildings with large floorplates. This will provide unrivalled amenities and an office environment in a truly unique and characterful setting, which surpasses the needs of the modern office occupier.”
The scheme will complete in 2021 and will be rated BREEAM Excellent and Wired Score Platinum.
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