Extension to Liberty, Soho, W1

Proposals for extension to Liberty, Great Marlborough Street, W1
Concept designs submitted 2007, Client: Liberty of London
RD Architects, London Office

Liberty of London occupies a Grade 2* Listed building in the heart of the West End of London. The mock Tudor building was purpose built for Liberty at the turn of the 20th Century.

We were appointed by Liberty of London to consider designs for the demolition of the Carnaby Street building – a somewhat uncomfortable appendage to the rear of the Tudor building at the northern end of Carnaby Street. Extensive dialogue was held at a senior level with City of Westminster Planners and Conservation Officers and also with English Heritage. Designs were developed incorporating a prominent retail façade over two floors addressing the pedestrianized Carnaby Street frontage. The design that was selected for further development was a 5 storey timber-framed proposal. The contemporary architectural design, which we proposed be made from green oak, would be one of the tallest structural timber-framed buildings in the UK. The use of structural timber for construction was considered to make an interesting contrast to the mock timber Tudor building to which it adjoined – this actually being a steel framed building disguised with timber. The project was put on hold in 2008 when Liberty was put up for sale by its owner.

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