40 Broadway: new offices in historic Westminster

The City of Westminster has granted unanimous approval to a new office development in Victoria designed by Allies and Morrison for Tellon Capital. Located a stone’s throw away from St James’s Park, the project will deliver nearly 11,000 sqm of office space including significant provision for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). It unites two components – seven levels of offices facing Broadway with larger floorplates and a smaller four storey office building on Carteret Street.

On Broadway, the curvilinear elevation will have a colonnaded base, a natural stone middle and a darker, slate and metal top punctuated with contemporary dormer windows. Their distinctive deep recesses form a pattern that adds to the richness of the street. Four stepped planted terraces behind the Broadway elevation provide a transition between the taller office buildings to the south and the more domestic scale and gardenesque character of Queen Anne’s Gate to the north.

40 Broadway sits within an important heritage context, addressing to one side 55 Broadway, an important Grade I listed art deco building by Charles Holden, and the Grade I listed houses on Queen Anne’s Gate. The proposed design draws on the material palette of these surrounding historic buildings, reinterpreting them in contemporary ways whilst contributing to the architectural qualities of the area.