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The Wider Context Farrells Regent’s Place masterplan and completed commercial mixed use development represents the culmination of several years of planning, consultation, development and construction, successfully enhancing and transforming the urban fabric of a key area of the West End of London bordering the Euston Road and Regents Park. Conceived as part of Farrells wider strategic vision for the Euston-Marylebone Road, once described as one of London’s most impenetrable streets, this successful project has been delivered as part of British Land’s ongoing stewardship of Regent’s Place. The Regent’s Place master plan - a place transformed Prior to the Farrells master plan, Regent’s Place was essentially a commercial enclave, disconnected from the surrounding urban context. The brief demanded that it become a diverse community; a place to live, work and play, an integrated part of the west end of London. The master plan creates high quality spaces and places between the buildings, and a network of new streets enabling and encouraging linkages to the surrounding area including a new north-south pedestrian route through the master plan, animated by a new Arts Centre and linking to Fitzrovia via a new at-grade pedestrian crossing over the Euston Road. The big master plan move is the creation of Triton Street, a completely new east-west route through Regent’s Place forming an important pedestrian link between Regent’s Park and Drummond Street, only one block north of the Euston Road yet protected from traffic noise and pollution. Regent’s Place commercial mixed use development The Regent’s Place mixed use development is comprised of two commercial office buildings (366,000 ft² grade A office space) sited at the gateway to the new Triton Street, a residential building on Osnaburgh Street comprised of 154 apartments with a twenty storey tower with views over Regent’s Park and private landscaped gardens, (92 social rented), a community theatre (New Diorama Arts Centre), 7,940 ft² of A3 retail space, external landscaping and public works of art - active, open and safe streets. The residential component of the scheme has been designed as a model of high-density urban living to compliment the existing uses of Regents Pace of leisure and commerce. External form and materials Designed as a family of buildings and partners to existing structures the buildings face several listed buildings including Holy Trinity Church (designed by John Soane) Great Portland Street station and the White House Hotel. The development completes the Euston Road frontage and creates a strong corner with Osnaburgh Street. Corners curve in reference to the oval form of the tube station opposite. The 10 Triton Street frontage onto Osnaburgh Street pulls back from the boundary to provide an appropriate space and setting for the adjacent Holy Trinity Church. The building maintains the scale of the Euston Road frontage generally without over powering or dominating the church. This set back allows a clear view of 20 Triton Street beyond and signals the opening in the frontage to the new East West route. The buildings turn the corner with soft curves and continue into Triton Street. The end facade of 10 Triton Street curves to from an open courtyard providing light to this and the neighbouring building. 20 triton Street responds contextually to each frontage and orientation creating an internal atria allowing natural light deep into each floor plate. The rhythms of the vertical pilasters on holy Trinity church influenced the decision to create a frame structure for the facades. The frames sit over two levels reducing the sense of scale of the buildings from street level. 10 Triton Street - the frame is made of reconstructed Limestone, colour and texture to match the Portland stone of the church. Vertical details set into the frame lighten its reading. Within the frame, glass fins with coloured accents provide animation and detail giving a sense of shimmering movement around the continuous facade fronting three streets. The building steps back at the upper levels creating a terrace and a consistent street datum. Vertical glass fins break up the roof on the skyline. The important reading from further west along Marylebone Road frames the view of the church and the roof scope is detailed to read delicately when viewed from Regent's Park. 20 Triton Street – the frame is soft-red Wüstenzeller Sandstone and flamed Vanga Granite sand stone to reference original red brick buildings on the street. Receding bay window details set into the frame with subtle changes in joinery colour to provide interest and break down the scale. Roof levels are castellated and recessed to give a varied reading above the tree line from regent’s Park. Residential – the tower forms a landmark with a strong profile at the corner of Longford Street, taking advantage of views both from and towards Regents Park. It holds and marks the corner with a lifted black ‘top hat’ roof, punched with glazed sky holes. The building is clad in a soft green/grey terracotta tile, a colour chosen to connect with the landscape of regent’s park. The lower level roofs are clad with zinc panels and recessed to create a strong shoulder line to the street frontages. An art strategy The site-wide art strategy includes a new pavilion by Carmody Groake, external wall art by Julian Opie, a water fountain with integrated landscaping and seating features. Gary Webb created a large scale art installation for the atrium space of 20 Triton Street. During construction the New Diorama Arts Centre facilitated the creation of large scale mural paintings by the local community of all ages for the site hoardings. An evolving landscape The landscape of the wider estate flows through and around the base of the buildings with a strong granite. A soft undulating landscape feature wraps around the corner of the building form Euston Road both drawing people to the entrance and protecting the internal users from the direct view of the passing traffic. Tall trees and low shrubs are used to break up the public realm and provide seating and interest. The art strategy animates and enlivens the streetscape.