Grosvenor has submitted a planning application for the South Molton Triangle to transform a historic, but underused part of North Mayfair. Covering 2 acres this area, well-known as the home of Grays Antiques, encompasses a number of narrow side streets and neglected buildings. It is bounded by South Molton Street and Davies Street and lies immediately opposite the new Elizabeth Line Bond Street West station.
The Triangle would breathe new life into this space by introducing new offices, homes and a 31-bed hotel framed by wide pedestrian-friendly routes and public spaces. New shops, restaurants and cafes would provide a range of services to residents and the wider Oxford Street district. The designs created by Hopkins Architects will celebrate the townscape’s existing silhouette and the special character of the Mayfair Conservation Area by retaining and adapting historic buildings for contemporary use.
These proposals will also help the area bounce back from Covid-19, providing 204,000ft² of new Grade A office space, alongside 67,500ft² of shops, restaurants and cafes, supporting over 700 new jobs once complete and attracting an estimated spend of €6.6m (£6m) per year.
Thomasin Renshaw, Director of Development, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: “Our proposals for the South Molton Triangle are a sign of our significant confidence in, and commitment to, the future of the West End and Oxford Street district. These designs put pedestrians first in a sustainable scheme that preserves what’s great about Mayfair while bringing the jobs and investment London now needs to see.”
The Triangle’s new buildings would produce 35% less carbon than ones built to current UK standards. Servicing would only be by electric vehicle, reducing on-street pollution and traffic around the already pedestrian-friendly scheme. 250 bike spaces for office workers, and new 50 on-street spaces, will also encourage sustainable modes of transport in the area. The site, which currently only hosts one tree, will benefit from new trees and increased greening.