Latest Regent Street regeneration project gets underway

Works have begun on site at Quadrant 2 South, marking the start of the latest project under The Crown Estate’s £1billion regeneration of Regent Street.

The works at Quadrant 2 South will see the Grade II listed properties redeveloped behind retained facades to provide new, modern office space, further enhancing Regent Street’s reputation as a destination for global businesses. It is anticipated that construction will be completed by early 2015.

The project, a wholesale retrofit of Quadrant House and 7-9 Air Street, follows on from previous redevelopments that have seen The Crown Estate transform the Regent Street Quadrant into a destination for fashion, lifestyle and business. Projects completed to date include the land mark Quadrant 3 scheme, a £400million, 270,000 sqft, mixed use redevelopment, which boasts Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management and Telefonica Digital amongst its office tenants.

The building is targeting the highest levels of sustainability drawing on power from the UK’s first molten carbonate fuel cell which The Crown Estate installed at Quadrant 3 earlier this month (October).. The building is set to produce 40% less carbon emissions than equivalent new builds utilising power produced by one of the most advanced central energy centres in the world at Quadrant 3, which includes the recently installed fuel cell, the most efficient of its kind in Europe. Quadrant 2 South will also make use of a range of green sustainable technologies, including photovoltaic panels, to further boost the building’s energy efficiency and reduce its carbon output.

Alastair Smart, head of development at The Crown Estate said:

“This project is a great example of our commitment to high quality, sustainable development in our on-going transformation of Regent Street. Quadrant 2 South will provide new modern office spaces, enhancing Regent Street’s appeal as a destination for global businesses, whilst preserving the important listed facades that give the area its unique character.”

The Crown Estate is undertaking a £1billion regeneration of Regent Street, which it owns in partnership with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM). Since the Regent Street programme began in 2002 it has delivered 12 major redevelopments that have provided new flagship retail and office spaces securing the Street’s position as a world leading shopping destination and an attractive location for a range of successful businesses. The Crown Estate is currently also on site with a further two major redevelopment projects, W4 and W5 South, which are together set to provide over 250,000 sq ft of flagship retail and office space.

Quadrant 2S: Project Team

  • Client: The Crown Estate
  • Lead Architect: Barr Gazetas
  • Project Mangers: Buro Four
  • Principal Contractor: Sisk
  • Planning Consultants: CBRE
  • Conservation Advisors: Donald Insall Architects
  • Services Engineers: AECOM
  • Structural Engineers: Watermans
  • BREEAM Consultants: Waterman Energy, Environment & Design Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyors: Sweett Group
  • Interior designers: Barr Gazetas