Planners approve redevelopment of 1950s block where band members first crossed paths

Westminster City Council has approved AHMM-designed proposals to redevelop a 1950s office block in Marylebone that formed the backdrop for the first meeting between the three core members of legendary band the Clash.

On Tuesday, the authority’s planning committee gave the green light to the practice’s plans to replace the four-storey block on Lisson Grove, which was purpose-built as a labour exchange, with a seven-storey office building that includes a roof terrace.

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AHMM’s Lisson Grove proposals, seen from the north

A Job Centre Plus is still part of the buildings currently on the site. In the mid-1970s it was the location of the first face-to-face encounter between future Clash vocalist Joe Strummer, guitarist Mick Jones and bass player Paul Simonon.

Strummer subsequently said he feared his bandmates-to-be were planning to mug him at the time.

In addition to the Job Centre, the current building is home to a Tesco convenience store. Neighbouring 18 Hayes Place – which is now a yoga studio – will also be demolished to make way for the new scheme, designed for Viridis Real Estate.

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Looking north up Lisson Grove with the Job Centre on the right

The practice’s designs will reuse the current building’s basement. AHMM is proposing a hybrid cross-laminate and steel structure for the new block, which would allow for significant future alterations.

Others working on the job include project manager Gardiner & Theobald, structural engineer Campbell Reith, services and fire engineer Sweco and façade engineer EOC.