Welcome

V7, on behalf of Meadow Partners, are bringing forward proposals for the repositioning of 17-19 Rochester Row to deliver a new best-in-class and highly-sustainable office building.

This approach is based on retaining as much of the existing building’s structure as possible whilst introducing new and enhanced façades. The proposals will also introduce a minor rear infill extension and replace the mansard roofs with set back top floors to improve internal layouts.

Project Team 

Below you can find information on the project team bringing forward proposals for 17-19 Rochester Row.

Meadow Partners is an employee-owned real estate investment management business with $6.2 billion of assets under management.

V7 are a forward-thinking asset management and development company. They are passionate about transforming mismanaged office and industrial buildings or sites into dynamic, highly sustainable, service-led workplaces. Their core aim is to add value to buildings by repositioning them in line with the very latest workplace trends and ESG credentials.

Through critically investigating client briefs, BGY uncover unanticipated possibilities. The changes delivered are executed with a strong sense of responsibility to their clients. BGY recognise that design is what makes their clients feel good and produce work that is sensitive, thorough, and authentic but which is also unapologetically joyful and surprising.

Engagement Consultant

Planning Consultant

Project Managers

Background

17-19 Rochester Row is bound by Rochester Row to the northwest, Greycoat Street to the northeast and Rochester Street to the south.

The building dates back to the 1980’s and is of little architectural merit with a dated façade comprised of brick with rust-coloured cladding features.

It has one basement level and mansard roofs, both containing plant equipment. There is also a courtyard at basement level which is accessed via Greycoat Street and is where the site is serviced from.

The site is not located in a Conservation Area, but it does sit in close proximity to both the Vincent Square Conservation Area to the south and the Christchurch Gardens Conservation Area to the north. There are also a number of heritage assets in close proximity to the site.

 

Existing Building

In addition to poor operational sustainability credentials, the office space no longer meets the needs or expectations of modern office tenants. The issues with the existing building include:

 

An unwelcoming arrival experience for office tenants with a reception undercroft that enables anti social behaviour.

Poor quality office space with low floor to suspended ceiling heights (approximately 2.6m) which impact upon its operational sustainability and natural light for workers in the building.

An inefficient building core and floorplates at upper levels which limits flexibility and compromises the wider office layout.

A dated façade which is not in keeping with the surrounding area and in some areas is weathered and stained.

Poor operational sustainability credentials and plant equipment which is outdated and in need of renewal.

No access to external amenity spaces (such as planted terraces) for building occupants

No cycle storage or shower facilities for workers in the building.

Our Vision

The team’s vision for the future of 17-19 Rochester Row will see the delivery of a new best-in-class, highly sustainable office building.

Our proposals include:

New best-in-class, highly sustainable and flexible office accommodation, attractive to a range of future tenants.

Increased activation at ground floor level, improving activity, connectivity, and the site’s relationship with the street.

A new welcoming reception and arrival experience for office tenants, with an improved street presence.

An exemplar new design, connecting the site to the surrounding conservation area and better responding to the historic buildings in the immediate vicinity.

New external amenity spaces for office users, through the introduction of screened and set back roof terraces and a new courtyard space.

Replacing the inefficient and poor performing existing rooftop elements with a new set back roof pavilion

Improving the energy performance of the building which will contribute to its longevity and make it fit for future use.

Retaining approximately 90% of the existing building’s structure – reducing the release of embodied carbon.

Introducing a new and more sustainable façade, whilst re-using the existing brickwork and modernising its appearance.

New urban greening and modern plant equipment, improving air quality and biodiversity around the site.

New end of trip facilities (such as showers and cycle storage), thereby encouraging sustainable methods of transport to and from the site.

Have your Say

Our consultation has now closed.

To view our proposals in more detail, please download our exhibition boards via the button below:

Exhibition Boards

We are now taking time to consider the feedback recieved before submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council.

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with the project team, please email 17-19RochesterRow@kandaconsulting.co.uk or call 0203 900 3676.

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    FAQs

    The building is currently owned by Meadow Partners with V7 acting as the development managers.

    The existing building dates back to 1985.

    The building is not listed but does sit in close proximity to a number of listed buildings, including the Church of St Stephen (Grade II*), The United Westminster Almshouses (Grade II) and Greycoat Hospital School (Grade II)

    Due to it’s age, the existing building has a number of issues, including outdated office accommodation, a poor arrival experience for office tenants and limited sustainability credentials. As a result, the building has sat vacant in recent years

    The application will be decided by Westminster City Council’s Planning Department

    Our target submission date will be Summer 2023.

     

    Subject to planning permission, we anticipate to start on site in late Q2 2024.

    Subject to planning permission, we anticipate the construction works to take approximately 15 months. Therefore, we expect the works to be complete in Summer 2025.

    Application Approved

    Our planning application for 17-19 Rochester Row has now been approved by Westminster City Council.

    The application can be seen on Westminster City Councils website here, or by using application ref 23/05475/FULL on the Council’s planning portal. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the project team, please email 17-19RochesterRow@kandaconsulting.co.uk or call 0203 900 3676