34-36 Bruton Street
Client: Berkeley Square Holdings Ltd
This significant development, located close to New Bond Street, has been designed to preserve and enhance the character and scale of the existing streetscape. We were appointed by Berkeley Square Holdings Limited to design a mixed-use scheme for this cluster of buildings fronting onto both Bruton Street and Bruton Place, comprising a substantial retail unit at ground floor and basement levels, high-quality office accommodation on four upper floors and three residential apartments accessed off Bruton Place. The scheme retains the historic front facades of 34 and 36 Bruton Street, as well as the upper part of an attractive mews building at the rear of the site. Apart from the challenge of accommodating three different uses within a constrained site, the scheme was designed to provide level office floors behind retained facades with disparate window sill heights. The sill levels of 34 Bruton Street were substantially lower than those of the other retained facades and this anomaly called for a radical solution. It was decided that the whole retained facade to 34 Bruton Street would be raised by one metre. This proposal enabled level office floors to be achieved throughout and resulted in the creation of well-proportioned, high-quality offices, with daylight on three sides of the perimeter. The new shopfronts at street level are traditional in design, reflecting the appearance of the retained facades above them and the general character of Mayfair. The glazed office entrance allows views into the spacious reception area, which is designed in a contemporary style.