Duchy Gets Go-Ahead For Large Refurbishment Project on Strand

The Duchy of Lancaster has obtained planning permission from Westminster City Council for the £multi-million refurbishment of Norman House at 105-109 Strand in the heart of the Savoy estate.

The decision comes as a result of a detailed planning application developed by a multi-disciplinary team and submitted in August 2017. The development project includes a major refurbishment of the existing 1920s building as well as the addition of two new storeys which will improve rooflines at the front and rear.

This will be the largest single refurbishment project ever undertaken by the Duchy. Once completed, the new scheme will provide a landmark retail, restaurant and office space expected to be worth over £60 million in value.

Commenting on the approval, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “The improvement of the Duchy’s holdings and public realm on the Strand has been identified as a key priority for the Duchy of Lancaster. We are delighted with the support we have received from Westminster City Council and believe that the finished scheme will not only enhance the streetscape, but will attract new businesses, shoppers and visitors to this part of the City.

“The scheme is designed to appeal to high quality retailers, restauranteurs and corporates who are looking for modern, open spaces which are both flexible and functional.  The refurbished Norman House will deliver these spaces, while retaining the charm and appeal of the building’s original architecture.”

The project team responsible for the redevelopment proposals includes architectural firm ORMS who were first appointed to look at the future potential of the building back in June 2016. Other members include planning consultants Gerald Eve LLP, project management company Quartz, structural engineers Heyne Tillett Steel, mechanical and electrical engineering firm Hoare Lea and cost consultants Exigere.

Work is expected to start on site in 2019, with completion due in 2020.

Norman House forms part of the Savoy estate, an area of land which has belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster since the 13th century. While the front of the existing building faces the Strand, the rear of the building overlooks the listed Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and the famous Savoy Steps. Great care has been taken in developing the design proposals to ensure that this view is preserved and enhanced and that linkages are improved between the front and rear.