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Westminster planning Green Roofs

March 22, 2013

Westminster Council has approved plans for a project including roof lawns and gardens next to green walls above Britain’s biggest and best-known shopping streets.

ESA, part of multidisciplinary firm Capita Symonds, is leading design for the second stage of redevelopment of 26 to 48 Oxford Street in London’s west end. The project is subject to the signing of a section-106 agreement. The scheme will create a mixed-use, retail-led development to maximise the Oxford Street frontage and will include 18 flats and roof spaces defined by lawns, planted balconies and green walls.

ESA director Kevin Wylde said: “Our design ethos has been to delicately stitch the historic and contemporary fabric to provide a sensitive architectural intervention and enhance the streetscape.”

Builders for Oriana GP, a joint venture between Land Securities and Frogmore, are due to start this July. Land Securities asset manager director Tim Allibone said the plans would help regenerate the eastern end of Oxford Street.