The Portman Estate has recently announced intentions to redevelop Garfield House and Bernard House. These are 2 of the buildings on the east side of Edgware Road between George Street and Upper Berkeley Street, currently the location of Tesco and Costa Coffee amongst others.
The proposals are in a very early stage, with the Portman Estate currently conducting initial stakeholder engagement. As such there are no firm plans for what the redevelopment will look like, although there is an initial intention to retain retail on the Edgware Road side, with the George Street side probably containing an access and lobby for the remainder of the building (be it commercial, residential or a combination). At the rear the existing disused garages will be replaced, possibly by a flexible and managed space. Environmental sustainability will be at the core of the project, from initial inception to the final implementation of the physical buildings.
The overall redevelopment is likely to take approximately 3 years, with a desire to submit for planning permission by the end of 2021. An initial consultation will likely take place at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
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