The Whitefriars’s Estate, London EC4
The Whitefriars’s Estate is a two acre island block which comprised largely redundant Victorian buildings situated in the Whitefriarâ€™s Conservation Area in the City of London. One building was spot listed during design development.
The Osborne Group was selected by the freeholders, The Corporation of London, to develop a master plan for this sensitive site, acknowledging the Group’s ability to deal with complex town planning, land use and developmental matters.
A mixed use solution was conceived integrating a new 100,000ft2 office headquarters building, an office refurbishment (Whitefriars House), a new restaurant and conversion of two retained former office buildings to provide 62 new apartments. Once the original consents were obtained, the scheme was then substantially remodelled to take account of an occupier’s specific requirements resulting in a pre-letting to Gouldens solicitors (now Jones Day).
The new office element had an end value in excess of £50million. Construction works were completed and the tenant took occupation in 2004.
The residential element of the scheme was developed in partnership with St. George plc. (Trevor Osborne was St. Georgeâ€™s Chairman for 10 years from its formation.)