Oxford Street Gaining New Lease of Life as D.H Evans Department Store Granted Planning Permission for Refurbishment

Pell Frischmann is delighted to share that the former D.H Evans Department Store on Oxford Street, London, has been granted planning permission for refurbishment and extension, breathing new life into one of the city’s most iconic streets.

The Art Deco department store, currently House of Fraser which takes pride of place on Oxford Street, will be reimagined as a mixed-use development comprising of:

  • Six-floors of vibrant office space to accommodate modern working requirements;
  • A rooftop restaurant providing fabulous views across London on the newly-built eighth-floor with external terraces;
  • New, attractive retail space on the ground floor to enhance customer’s shopping experience and provide more space on one of the most visited shopping streets in Britain;
  • A new gym for the office workers is proposed across part of the basement, along with a 25m swimming pool to bring invigoration into the area, particularly in the evening after shops close.

Importantly too, this scheme will run as a highly sustainable building, targeting BREEAM Excellent and WELL Certification.

As Lead Transport Planners & Highway Engineering Consultants, working closely alongside architects PDP London, Pell Frischmann provided expert advice on the access, servicing and sustainable travel strategy as well as designs for enhancing the public realm surrounding the building.

Victoria Balboa, Divisional Director of Traffic & Transport, said:

The pandemic has shone a light at what is truly required from a modern-day mixed-use scheme; we believe the rejuvenation of the D.H Evans department store can act as a forerunner for future redevelopment schemes to aspire to. Oxford Street is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, acting as a retail hub for local residents, office workers and tourists. Our Transport experts and Highways, alongside the wider project team, can’t wait to work on delivering this fantastic scheme.

Work is expected to start on the building in the new year.

Images courtesy of PDP London.

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