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Soho Place, an enormous urban jigsaw

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Mixed Use  /  Completed
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Soho Place is the outcome of two decades of collaboration with our longest standing client, Derwent London, joined by Nimax.

The concept developed from an architecture of lean construction, where nothing need be added or taken away. Here this was blended with both the site's invisible subterranean world of unique structures, dimensional shifts, folds and transfers; and the luxury and dreams inherent in theatre, inspired by a performance under a midnight sky. We used intersections between these concepts to generate the forms and geometries of the architecture.

The project is a microcosm of the living fabric of the city, bringing together shops, offices, a square and a theatre on top of stations in London's West End: a magical story that inspired each aspect of the design.

Soho Place constitutes a new destination in the city and is the first new street name to be created in Soho for 72 years. It serves as a new pedestrianised connection between the station entrance pavilions set with centre Point Plaza, and the heart of Soho via Soho Square. The route will establish a new ‘desire line’ for people walking between the station, and along Oxford Street, taking pressure away from St Giles’ Circus. This new piece of public realm is situated between the two buildings and is defined by the apse of the Grade II* listed St. Patrick’s RC Church, which was not previously visible from Charing Cross Road.

Soho Place is a continuation of the long-life, loose fit building design developed by Derwent London and AHMM, and in line with Derwent’s 2030 net zero targets, incorporates enhanced sustainability performance through the adoption of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

  • Sustainability measures adopted include:
  • Solar photovoltaic panels (both buildings)
  • Embodied carbon measures and reduced in design and construction.
  • Biodiverse brown roofs to support wildlife
  • Greywater recycling (No.1 Oxford Street)
  • Low-energy MEP services
  • Renewable electricity and gas supply
  • All timber FSC or PEFC certified.

No.1 Soho Place has been awarded BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Gold, while No.2/4 Soho Place has been awarded BREEAM Excellent.

Soho Place is an enormous urban jigsaw that builds on the arrival of the Elizabeth line to bolster the large-scale regeneration of Oxford Street. Two new mixed-use buildings, frame a new civic plaza, Soho Place, the first new street name in Soho for 72 years.

No.1 Soho Place is a landmark ten-storey, two tier building above Tottenham Court Road station. The building marries the retail tradition of Oxford Street with a revitalised transport interchange on Charing Cross Road and a new public space on Sutton Row. It houses 33,000 sq ft of retail space across three storeys, and 191,000 sq ft of office accomodation across nine storeys. The offices, designed to meet BREEAM Outstanding, are net zero carbon and external space is provided on every office floor.

No. 2 / 4 Soho Place, is a nine-storey building of two parts. The lower volume contains the first new-buid West End theatre to open in 50 years, inspired by Nica Burns' visit to Epidaurus when she was young with constellations in midnight blue interiors wrapped with backlit marble and edged in royal gold-coloured metalwork.

Above the theatre lies 18,000 sq ft of independent office space with superb views across London, known as 'Soho Skygardens', fitted out to designs by AHMM. The office floors are largely column free and every floor benefits from a generous external terrace. The floors are accessed by a vertical 'superlift', conceived as a vertically moving room with warehouse style doors.

“Working alongside our world-class architect and engineer, and in collaboration with Crossrail and our partner Nica Burns, we are delighted to have developed this new state-of-the-art office and theatre development together with substantial public realm as part of a successful commercial regeneration project above the Elizabeth line.” - Paul Williams, Chief Executive, Derwent London

Credits

 London
 United Kingdom
 Derwent London Plc; Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres
 mixed use
 06/2022
 33640 mq
  230,000,000.00 €
 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
 Laing O'Rourke
 Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald; Cost Consultant: Aecom; Structural, MEP, Façade, Fire, Acoustic and Sustainability Engineer: Arup; Theatre Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Auditorium Architect: Haworth Tompkins; Theatre Consultant: Charcoalblue; Theatre Consultant to Nica Burns: Ian Albery; Acoustic Consultant to Nica Burns: Gillieron Scott; Vertical Transport & Façade Access: WSP Vehicular; Transport & Waste Consultant: Caneparo Associates; Lighting Consultant: EQ2 Light; Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates Security Consultant: QCIC; Approved Inspector: Bureau Veritas; Planning Authority: Westminster City Council; Planning Consultant: Gerald Eve; Services Contractor: Crown House Technologies
 Precast concrete: Explore; Manufacturing Structural Steel: BHC; Acoustic Bearings: CDM; Facades: Lindner; Theatre Fit out: Quest Joinery and Stortfords Interiors; Bespoke Metalwork: Delta Fabrications and CMF; Internal Glazing: OAG; Stage Engineering systems: Tait; Stage lighting & Audiovisual systems: Stage Electrics; Auditorium Seating: Kirwin & Simpson; Bespoke Houselights Fittings: GDS; Auditorium Joinery: James Johnson
 Timothy Soar / Rob Parrish / Jack Hobhouse / Matt Chisnall

Curriculum

Established in 1989 with offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris makes buildings that are satisfying and enjoyable to use, beautiful to look at and easy to understand. The practice designs very different buildings for very different people to use in very different ways, making places as well as buildings that work over time and have lasting qualities intrinsic to their architecture.

Winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize and recipient of many other awards for architecture and design, the practice has received public and media acclaim for its work across sectors. AHMM is known for its reinvention of buildings and places including the Angel and Tea Buildings, Television Centre, the Barbican, and New Scotland Yard, as well as key new commercial, residential and education developments in London, around the UK and internationally.

https://www.ahmm.co.uk/


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