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No 1 New Oxford Street, London

Client Name: Orms

Role: Principal Designer


MGAC | RLF provided Principal Designer services for the award-winning No 1 New Oxford Street, London project. The project was a refurbishment of a 1930s triangular-shaped plan building, with significant alterations and extensions made in the spirit of the original.

The original design was carefully researched, and the proposals were attuned to the Art Deco and Art Moderne of the period in a dynamic contemporary way.

The top two floors of the building have been rebuilt, and a 9th floor added, these alterations sitting comfortably with the original building. The careful work has made it impossible to see a differentiation between the old and new. The whole facade was meticulously tinted to match with new stonework stitched in with great care.

The original building turned the corner between New Oxford Street and High Holborn with a visually delicate landmark. This has now been clad to its advantage in beautiful green hexagonal tiles as the original architect intended but was not permitted to do. The tiles for the re-clad were sourced from Pyrolave in France, as originally planned.

Winner of ‘Best New Workspace’ at the 2019 London Planning Awards.

Before and after images of the No 1 New Oxford Street project © Timothy Soar.