Client British Land and McAleer & Rushe
Location London, UK
We completed this residential-led mixed use building for developer British Land and contractor McAleer & Rushe in 2012. It was created from a life-expired office building located on Baker Street in central London.
An intelligent conversion created two luxury residential buildings, clad in dichroic stainless steel and limestone panels. The 24 new homes include family mews houses, mixed tenure apartments and a penthouse with terrace, adapted to fit within the building’s original concrete structure, which was retained.
The challenge of maintaining operation of the ground floor retail tenancy was handled sensitively by McAleer & Rushe who constructed the entire project. The development creates high standards of living accommodation, contributing to the vitality and vibrancy of this part of Baker Street.
A new Jestico + Whiles designed building at 10 Portman Square, 300m away created a significant uplift in accommodation in the area, and so under Westminster City Council’s mixed use planning requirements, for every square metre of added commercial accommodation, a reciprocal square metre of residential accommodation had to be provided. 99 Baker Street created this uplift for the Portman Square project.
The material palette of 99 Baker Street reflects that used at 10 Portman Square, with limestone, bronze window frames and undulating dichroic stainless steel cladding, which shimmers and changes colour in different light conditions and reflects the dichroic glass used for its sibling. This continuity of materiality subtly connects the two buildings.