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Arundel Great Court

location: Central London

year:  2008 - Current

client: Land Securities

Horden Cherry Lee Architects were invited by Land Securities to prepare a masterplan and to develop a detailed proposal for the redevelopment of the south site at Arundel Great Court in September 2007.

The site is located adjacent to the Embankment and commands extensive views along and across the river Thames. The building, on the south site, will consist of a new residential complex incorporating a five star hotel with retail/restaurant uses at ground level. A new street, Howard Place, will be created separating the south and north sites and combined with a new public courtyard will provide a focus for the retail and hotel accommodation at ground level. A new public arcade will provide pedestrian access from Temple Place and the Underground Station at Temple through the south entrance to the new courtyard and a route northwards towards The Aldwych and Covent Garden. A large open space is provided at ground level for access by the public as a meeting point with extensive views across the River Thames towards the National Theatre.

The new building has been designed with great care to add a building of distinction to the crescent of varied buildings that make up the Embankment and to compliment and enhance the presence of the fine Somerset House by Sir William Chambers. The full application was submitted 26th September 2008 for the demolition of the existing 1970s office and hotel buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 151 residential apartments, 98 bed hotel with 18 serviced suites, together with retail and restaurant facilities surrounding a new public courtyard and considerable improvements to the wider public realm.