Buckingham Green, London

Precision and craftsmanship for modern work and living

This important central London site provides a mix of high-end apartments, office and retail space across three distinctive buildings.

Just two minutes walk from leafy St James Park, in the heart of central London, Buckingham Green is a striking, high quality mixed-use development.

BAM delivered the scheme to the developer’s exacting standards. The three buildings in the development seamlessly integrate living, working, eating and shopping. With 55,000 ft2 of office accommodation and 11,000ft2 of retail, the buildings offer exceptional space in a prime location.

The 64 luxury apartments in the scheme have been specifically designed for the rental market. The beautifully finished homes – offering between one and four bedrooms – were featured in the Daily Telegraph’s list of the best purpose-built rental apartments in May 2018.

Project details

  • Customer: Aquila Corporation c/o London & Oriental
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
  • M&E Engineers: Long & Partners
  • Structural Engineers: Waterman Structures
  • Principal Designer: Gardiner & Theobald

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64 Fact icon apartments in a prime London location
80% Fact icon increase in energy efficiency over the old building
180+ Fact icon spaces for bikes across three buildings
Halfway between the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, an unremarkable 1970s tower block once served as the headquarters of two iconic organisations: Rolls-Royce and the Labour Party.

In prime real estate territory, the site has undergone a radical makeover, delivered by main contractor BAM. The development won the RIBA London Award 2019. The judges commended it for its high quality and how the diversity within the scheme fits its urban setting.

Inspired by modernism

Three distinct but linked buildings form the Buckingham Green development. The central tower has been re-imagined with a dramatic, contemporary glass façade inspired by Mies van der Rohe. The lower four floors of the tower provide Grade A office accommodation, with apartments on the upper floors.

The glass tower sits between two distinctive, lower buildings. On the northern side of the scheme, the walls of the five-storey No.3 Buckingham Green are clad with warm, handmade bricks laid in a subtle trellis pattern, which continues inside to the reception area.

No.3 also features a large roof garden and private terraces, exclusively for occupiers’ use.

On the other side of the site, The Gate House is a smaller, boutique building, two floors high. Its unique trellised façade echoes No.3, while the rounded exterior curves and interior of polished concrete and bronze tones set this building apart.

At ground level, the beautifully landscaped public realm, with mature trees and paving, is a key feature of the development. The seven retail units face the central square, enhancing the local area for the residents, office workers and shoppers alike.

Designed for city life

The apartments feature high ceilings and triple-glazed windows (to minimise traffic noise). The beautiful finishes used throughout include marble, porcelain, stone and oak.

The homes have top-spec kitchens and bathrooms, as well as bespoke fitted furniture and smart LED lighting. Intelligent, motorised roller blinds provide solar shading.

They have been deliberately designed to appeal to young professionals, as well as ‘downshifters’ who want to live in an accessible and vibrant city centre location.

A modern, energy efficient development

The refurbishments at Buckingham Green were designed to make the buildings extremely energy efficient and easy to maintain. The scheme achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and the apartments meet the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 standard, which includes a grey-water recycling system.

A double-height basement links the three buildings, with dedicated spaces for more than 180 bikes, as well as showers and lockers for riders. There’s a dedicated taxi drop-off point at the entrance, on Buckingham Gate, with a well-hidden entrance round the corner for retail goods in, car and bike parking.

When the scheme was originally unveiled, Mark Cannell, Partner at London & Oriental said: “We see an opportunity to deliver a scheme that [creates] a new community for occupiers with smaller space requirements and that attracts new residents to the neighbourhood.”