Buckingham Green

Buckingham Green

Fletcher Priest Architects has completed a materially-rich urban redevelopment scheme in London

Dirk Lindner, Hufton & Crow

Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, Buckingham Green is a high-quality mixed-use project in Westminster, London. The brief was for the redevelopment of an unloved 1970s building, providing 65 residential apartments, as well as workspaces and retail units linked by a generous step-free public realm.

The completed campus of buildings is intended to optimise development layout, increase net internal area for both residential and office accommodation, as well as minimise visual bulk through massing and proportion.

Ground, second and sixth-floor plans; section

The Caxton Building, which is located in the Conservation Area fronting Caxton Street, is clad in a rich, textured brick in response to the neighbouring Victorian buildings. This also turns a previously dark adjacent alleyway into a lively new pedestrian street.

Employing large floor-to-ceiling windows and pocket doors, the apartments are characterised by flowing open-plan spaces and good levels of daylighting.

The refurbished 1970s tower is intended to complement the surrounding context, and includes a fully glazed lobby, a reduced and rationalised core cased in fine marble, as well as openable, black anodised windows. The workspaces emit 20 per cent less carbon than the Part L target.