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Reef wins £150m below-ground Cavendish project

Friday 01 May 2020

David Taylor

Editor, NLQ and New London Weekly

Reef Group has won the go-ahead for its £150m subterranean plans to transform Cavendish Square into a health and wellbeing destination that links Harley Street to Oxford Street and Regent Street.

The scheme, which Westminster City Council passed via a virtual planning committee, regenerates the 1960s car park structure below the Georgian square and will total some 280,000 sqft across four storeys below ground. 

Reef Group joint chief executive Stewart Deering said that Reef had worked closely with the council to design an ‘iconic destination for London’. ‘We will invest more than £150m in developing a vibrant, sustainable and sensitively designed place with a core focus on health and wellbeing’, he said. ‘The scheme is designed with flexibility in mind and we’re talking to occupiers from a variety of sectors. The health and wellbeing industry is predicted to grow substantially and Cavendish Square London is well placed to respond to this trend’. 

Featuring glazed lanterns, light wells and internal atria drawing natural light to the floors below, Cavendish Square London will be one of the West End’s largest ever developments, with floors of up to 80,000 sq ft and floor to ceiling heights of up to 8m. Above the development, Cavendish Square Gardens will provides a natural extension of the below-ground space and a physical embodiment of the scheme’s vision – ‘a wellbeing ecosystem in the heart of London’.

The project was designed by UrbanR as lead architects, supported by Gensler and Sonnemann Toon, with CBRE and Savills acting as agents.


David Taylor

Editor, NLQ and New London Weekly



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