BURLINGTON ADDS PANACHE TO LONDON’S OXFORD STREET
Approximately 450sqm of Burlington’s popular Brandy Crag flamed textured paving has been used to grace the public walkway and square of London’s prestigious Sedley Place retail and residential development that links Oxford Street and Bond Street - two of the city’s prime retail locations.
As well as featuring a five-storey retail store, the 100,000ft2 Sedley Place development comprises offices with basement, together with retail kiosks, residential apartments, studio offices and a restaurant and café. The same Burlington stone is also featured on the development’s upper floor terraces, and a sanded finish has been used throughout the common parts of the residential block including the staircase treads and landings.
Designed and specified by London-based, Fletcher Priest Architects, for the developer Welbeck Land, the development is arranged around a re-aligned pedestrian thoroughfare that has a sequence of public spaces with a new south-facing pocket square at its heart. Oriented to benefit from low rooflines, the landscaped square creates a sunny spot that is visible from each street and is much-needed respite from the intensity of London’s high streets.
For aesthetic and functional effect, the Burlington paved area is lined on each side with a 300mm wide stainless steel drainage grid and is inset with LED lights set beneath a cast glass lens.
Comments architect Ed Williams: “Burlington’s Brandy Crag stone was the ideal choice for this project as the design required high quality, hard-wearing materials commensurate with a public space in London’s West End. As well as being low maintenance, non-slip and easily drained, Burlington’s stone also provides the perfect appearance, colour and texture.”
Alistair Watson, Director at Welbeck Land, added: “Quality is all important. We deliberately set out to create a product of the highest architectural integrity and we are extremely pleased with the result.”
Marking the Oxford Street entrance to Sedley Place is a suspended structural glass pavilion that complements the transparent glass walls of the retail scheme fronting the famous high street. It also forms a new arcade lined with shops of various types and sizes together with commercial studios and art galleries.