Barr Gazetas cleared for Covent Garden plans

Corner view of Barr Gazetas' Covent Garden plans

Architect to refurbish entire city block despite approval for demolition-led scheme

Barr Gazetas has won planning permission for a conservation-led regeneration scheme for an entire city block in London’s Covent Garden, superseding earlier proposals from Piercy & Co.

The latest scheme for the site – enclosed by Drury Lane, Dryden Street, Arne Street, and Shelton Street  – combine four existing buildings to provide 2,130sq m of flexible retail and restaurant space at ground-floor and basement level with 6,130sq m of office space above.

Barr Gazetas said its design, created for Diageo Pension Trust, drew on the industrial heritage of the block, “sensitively restoring many of the original features, while bringing in a highly contemporary element in the form of an extension constructed from CLT panels”.

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