F LO R A L S T R E E T, C O V E N T G A R D E N , LO N D O N
Left: new stair and circulationcore, 9-12 Bow StreetRight: view of roofscape above56 Long Acre looking towardsthe rear of 48-51 Floral Street,and the Royal Opera HouseBelow: cleaned andilluminated brick façadeof 9-12 Bow StreetThis project encompasses an island site in Covent Garden,bordered by Floral Street, Hanover Place, Long Acre and Bow Street.The site contains eight buildings, including two listed buildings,and at the centre lies a landlocked building with difficult accessoff an alleyway. These buildings are all interconnecting in someway, and the design involved developing an integrated firestrategy for the entire site. Two of the buildings were refurbishedto provide small-scale residential units and the remainingbuildings were redeveloped to achieve increased or more efficientoffice space. The client, Royal London Asset Management, owns allthe buildings in the site, with the exception of a public house onthe corner of Bow Street and Long Acre.In order to achieve the increased office areas Royal Londonpurchased an additional property on the corner of Bow Street andBroad Court, 20 Bow Street, with the specific intention of creatingresidential units in the building, in order to match the balance ofplanning uses.The challenge of the project was to maximise the potentialof each of these individual and quite different buildings, in asensitive way. The building types varied from small domestic-scaleterraced houses to large purpose-built warehouses, formerly usedfor potato storage in the period when Covent Garden was a fruitand vegetable market.