Helical Bar has received a resolution to grant planning permission and conservation area consent for its proposed mixed use development at the Bart’s site in London, EC1.
The developer aims to start work on site in late 2014.
The members of the City planning committee voted unanimously in favour, subject to entering into a Section 106 planning gain agreement and other defined planning conditions.
Helical Bar and its joint venture partner, the Baupost Group, bought the site in 2011. The buildings on the site are currently let to the NHS but will become vacant on a phased basis over the course of the next two to four years.
Helical’s Bartholomew Close scheme, designed by architect Sheppard Robson, proposes approximately 230,000 square feet of office space in two buildings and 215 apartments in 17 buildings with retail space at ground floor level.
The developer proposes significant public realm improvements, which will be incorporated into the wider Smithfield Area Strategy being worked up by the City.
Helical Bar development director Gerald Kaye at said “We are very excited to have received the resolution to grant and believe the outcome of the Committee’s decision reinforces the clear need and support for redevelopment in this area. Our focus will now be to further progress the design to deliver the sympathetic and considered scheme that the area deserves.”