Adjaye Associates showcases stone and bronze mixed-use development

Proposals by Adjaye Associates to replace a 1980s office building in London’s Strand with a 12-storey stone and bronze scheme have been lodged with Westminster city council.

The plans for 5 Strand, created for developers Alchemi Group and BlackRock Real Estate, include ground-floor retail units, around 5,700sq m of new office space and 26 apartments on its upper floors.

David Adjaye said the proposals for the site, which is a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, had evolved over 12 months and involved extensive consultation with the city council, Historic England and the Westminster Society.

David Adjaye's proposals for 5 Strand

View towards Trafalgar Square with 5 Strand to the left

“The opportunity to work on the Strand, adjacent to the iconic Traflagar Square, is an immense honour and one that I do not take lightly,” he said.

“My team and I have undergone rigorous investigation into the history and development of this crucial piece of London’s urban fabric.”

Laura Marino, Alchemi co-founder and creative director, said she believed the proposal was “truly outstanding”.

Adjaye Associates was selected for the project following a private competition.