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We want to create a new pioneering retail destination for the west end of Oxford Street for Marks & Spencer. This will include introducing a new retail store offering both Clothing & Home and Food products, best-in-class Prime Grade A sustainable offices at upper levels, enhancing the public realm around the site and pedestrian connectivity.
A new full-line Marks & Spencer store providing a modern, fit for purpose retail environment at the west end of Oxford Street.
This will deliver a new shopper experience within a more sustainable building, which delivers a flexible mix of uses, including best-in-class Prime Grade A health and well-being let office space, helping to future-proof the site for future generations and respond to the emerging vision for the future of the Oxford Street district.
Other benefits will include investment in creating a new public realm, accessible pedestrian routes through the site as well as long-term economic benefits.
It is currently the Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store, with separate retail units at ground floor.
The site also includes back of house areas, training offices and an in-house hotel which provides accommodation for staff.
We are proposing a new building of ground plus 9 storeys (including plant). The existing building is ground plus 5 storeys (plus plant).
The massing has been purposely sculpted to set-back at upper levels, respecting the setting of Grade II* listed Selfridges and views from neighbouring Conservation Areas.
Our new proposals are for c. 90,000 square feet of retail space at the lower ground floor, ground floor, and part of the first floor.
We will also be creating more than 300,000 square feet of Prime Grade A office accommodation.
We will provide a new, improved Marks & Spencer Food offer at lower ground level to meet the needs of future food customers.
Whilst the site is being redeveloped, we will seek to continue providing our food offer, serving workers, visitors and local residents.
Marks & Spencer takes its commitment to its colleagues very seriously. All colleagues currently working at the store will be offered the opportunity to be redeployed to another nearby Marks & Spencer store, whilst Marks & Spencer Marble Arch is being redeveloped.
We are proposing significant additional planting at upper levels to add to the biodiversity of the area. We are also proposing a new planted pocket-park as part of the reimagination of historic Granville Place.
The design team has ambitious targets for reducing both operational and embodied carbon. The team is undertaking Whole Life Carbon Assessment to identify and maximise opportunities for carbon reduction, following the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Framework. Examples of opportunities being explored include low carbon materials for floor slabs and maximizing the performance of the façade to reduce operational energy demand.
The aspiration for the project is to achieve BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum, and WIRED Platinum accreditation for the office space, in order to be market-leading in both sustainability and Health & Wellbeing.
We feel that there is an opportunity to contribute much more positively to the neighbouring areas through high-quality architecture of the right calibre for this location, informed by surrounding buildings. The massing and settling of cornice lines will be aligned with the adjacent buildings and the materiality of the elevations will fit in with the local context area. In addition, our plans will create improved permeability and activate the side streets in line with Westminster City Council’s ambitions for the area.
We are submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council, who will consider the application through its planning committee.
May – July 2021