Royal Exchange


St George

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The Brief

St George originally secured planning permission for 319 apartments. Design Delivery Unit were then appointed to optimise and deliver the scheme whilst working alongside the concept architects to secure a successful Section 73 application with an increased number of apartments and revised design.

Added Value

Design Delivery Unit have undertaken several optimisations exercises on the project to maximise the value of the site and improve buildability.  This has been through the careful redesign of apartment layouts, façade fabrication and operational strategies.

Utilising our previous heritage experience we have also detailed and overseen the refurbishment, remodelling and new insertions of the two listed buildings on site.

“We were struck by the attention to detail and amazing transformation they have undergone, particularly the Telephone Exchange. It is very pleasing that both buildings are absolutely wind and watertight and on the way to having new uses secured in the next couple of years…. we look forward to visiting in the future when works are complete and the buildings occupied, at which point we can recommend these wonderful buildings for removal from the Register."

Historic England, Heritage at Risk Projects Officer London & South East Region

Technical Challenges

The scheme consists of 6 interconnected buildings varying from 6 to 16 storeys on a tight island site. The building form consists of a series of set back terraces. Subsequently the stacking of the floor plates is limited. We have therefore focused on ensuring the complicated service routes, drainage runs and structural design required are coordinated between consultants.


320 Apartments, 40,000 sq ft Commercial and Retail Space
Concept Architect
JTP, Simon Bowden

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