London & South East

Constructing St James’s Gateway

A £100 million project to create a mixed use development in London is currently under construction.

Located in the heart of the West End – between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street – the St James’s Gateway scheme comprises the construction of a 9,300 m² (100,000 ft²) mixed use development, which includes office, retail and residential space. The scheme – designed by Eric Parry Architects – is a joint venture between The Crown Estate and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), who both have a 50 per cent stake in the development. Stanhope is the developer on the project.

The project got underway in early 2012, with a topping out ceremony taking place in July 2012. The ceremony was attended by Councillor Robert Davis DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, and Alison Nimmo, The Crown Estate’s Chief Executive. The St James’s Conservation Trust, the Westminster Society and members of the project team were also in attendance, including main contractors Bovis, Lend Lease Ltd and architects Eric Parry Architect.

The topping out ceremony marked a significant milestone in the project’s delivery.

Commenting on the development, Alison Nimmo, said:

“The St James’s Gateway project is further evidence of The Crown Estate’s ambitious vision for St James’s and our commitment to investment in great buildings and also in great spaces. St James’s and Jermyn Street are unique. They are steeped in tradition, history and character. We are building on this great brand, building a new high quality space that will attract new business that fit with the area’s reputation for eclectic shopping and dining.”

Councillor Robert Davis, added:

“St James’s Gateway is merely the latest example of the scale and ambition of The Crown Estate for its West End holdings. It is a scale and ambition that The Crown Estate continues to turn to its own advantage, by thinking and planning for the long term and delivering a sustainable future characterised by excellent design. It is this long-term outlook and ethos which is so evident and which is embedded in the ten year programme to invest £500 million into its holdings, as the estate sensitively and carefully enhances the St James’ area.”

Ground source heat pump specialists Groenholland UK Limited was responsible for installing the ground heat exchanger underneath the new building. This operation involved installing 36 U-loop heat exchangers – to a depth of 130 metres depth – within 18 bore holes. The company is also responsible for the control strategy at the site.

Groenholland UK Limited specialises in the design and installation of ground source heat pumping systems, specifically for large commercial projects, including schools and universities and are very pleased to be a part of this new scheme.

Groenholland UK Limited Company Secretary, Peter Heaton, commented:

“St James’s Gateway is a very important project to be a part of. Groenholland UK Limited has been in operation since 2001, making us the longest running company specialising in this area of work in the UK, so to be involved with this scheme is great.”

Peter added:

“At Groenholland UK Limited we provide a complete turnkey installation, including ground testing, modelling, design & installation. We have been involved in a range of projects, including the National Assembly for Wales and most recently projects at Holland Park School and UCL Academy Swiss Cottage. We look forward to seeing the completion of this scheme at St James’s Gateway.”

The St James’s Gateway development is currently on schedule and is due for completion in summer 2013.

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