Fletcher Priest Architects
Oxbourne House is situated at 354-358 Oxford Street, London W1 and is a mixed-use retail and residential project located on Europe’s busiest shopping street. The project includes high quality apartments and a prominent retail provision, as well as step-free access to Bond Street Underground and Crossrail Station below, where a new street-level station entrance has been constructed off Marylebone Lane.
The building has been developed as two subtle volumes, each playing a specific role. The element forming the corner with Stratford Place refers to the original 18th century gatehouse that defined the southern façade. The second, larger volume that forms the principal façade along Oxford Street and Marylebone Lane is of the scale and character of Oxford Street to the east. It reflects the intense retail activity along these roads.
The new facades are completed in high quality, hand laid, traditional brickwork to integrate the building with the proportions of the Georgian architecture of the Stratford Place Conservation Area and to provide a façade with sufficient solidity to protect the interior from excessive solar gain and traffic noise. Sliding, folding shutters with an embossed pattern have been incorporated on the residential windows to provide further comfort for tenants and complete the formal approach to Stratford Place, itself a reminder of an earlier 18th century expansion of London north of Oxford Street. Each shutter consists of our 60/40 extruded aluminium frames with a 1.5mm thick bespoke embossed Arubis Nordic Brass weathered sheet formed into a tray and secured within the frame. The Bi-Fold Frames are fixed at the head to our extruded top track and held at the base with our bottom guide channel. The top and bottom track are fixed directly to 5mm thick aluminium fixation cleats which are secured to suitable a support structure. The hinged frames pivot inwards from the top and bottom tracks and held in the closed position with a stainless steel drop bolt.
The final manifestation of the development includes build-to-rent residential apartments and almost 5000sqft of prime retail floor space over three levels. The apartments have been designed to maximise views and daylight, while mitigating the less favourable glare and noise by incorporating full-height shutters. The building façade also features our horizontal 150 x 40 Brass Clad Fins, set flat, pitched at 150mm centres and fixed at ends to profiled side plates. The side plates are fixed at the head to suitable structural steel and tie back laterally to face of brickwork/window system via bespoke galvanised and powder coated mild steel brackets. Arubis Nordic Brass sheets also clad the fins. We were delighted to be appointed from an early stage to act as the professional Solar Shading specialists through design, manufacture and on-site operations, keeping quality to a high standard, in order to complete an elegantly engineered product solution. Such has been the success of the project that the residential apartments have already been 100% pre-let.