London’s Empty Skyscraper no longer
In 2015, plans were announced to redevelop London’s iconic Centre Point building into 82 luxury flats. This is good for buyers, the building itself and the local area. This redevelopment also represents the latest stage in the fascinating history of the skyscraper that stands at the cross-section of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.
A brief history of Centre Point
Centre Point was designed by internationally acclaimed Swiss British architect Richard Seifert, who also designed Tower 42 and a host of office buildings and urban regeneration projects. The Royal Institute of British Architects credits Seifert with doing more than any other architect to transform the skylines of British cities in the 1960s and 1970s with his Centre Point and the Natwest (now Tower 42) towers, as these enabled other architects to add their high rises in the years that followed.
Centre Point was constructed between 1961 and 1966 and stood empty until 1975. For this reason, it was given the nickname London’s Empty Skyscraper. The design was criticised at the time but finally recognised when Centre Point became a Grade II listed building in 1995.
Centre Point is now being converted from an office building into luxury residential flats. It will be turned into 82 one – to – five bedroom apartments with pool, spa and fitness facilities.
Almacantar, Centre Point’s owners since 2011, are using Rich Mather Architects and Conran and Partners to design the project. The project will include a new public square and 41,780 square feet of retail space. Located next to Tottenham Court Road station, the flats will be well served by public transport and benefit from Crossrail links.
Work on Centre Point is expected to finish in the summer of 2017. The luxury flats will be located right in the heart of London and minutes from prime shopping along Oxford Street.
The genius of Centre Point is that the building has been able to continuously adapt through five decades whilst retaining its iconic status as a recognized skyscraper on London’s skyline. This redevelopment is the latest chapter in the fascinating history of Centre Point. By investing so heavily in this project, the developers are paying tribute to the long history of Centre Point and its recognition as a landmark on London’s skyline.
It goes without saying that conversion of this building into luxury residential flats is a tremendous opportunity for someone wishing to buy into a piece of architectural history.
At Ivar, we are therefore delighted to have been instructed on the interior design of one of the penthouse apartments within Centre Point.