The Crown Estate has appointed Morgan Sindall to strip out and remodel the Grade II listed building’s internal fabric and services, and fix and clean the existing façades.
Once complete, there will be a restaurant at street level, with basement kitchens below and new open-plan offices above.
Formerly known as British Columbia House, 1-3 Regent Street it was designed by John Nash and built in 1914 to house the office of the agent-general of the Province of British Columbia to promote trade and links between the Canadian provinces and the British Empire.
Morgan Sindall area director Adrian Barnes said: “This is a fantastic project for the London office and we are proud to be working with The Crown Estate to provide high-quality office and retail accommodation in St James’s.
“We have significant experience of delivering prestigious commercial projects and we look forward to bringing this to the scheme.”
John Grinnell, development manager for The Crown Estate, added: “This project forms an essential part of our strategy to redefine St James’s for future generations, creating a new destination in the heart of the West End. We are delighted to be working with an organisation that shares our values and understands our long term commitment to the area.”
Morgan Sindall is also on site at a £25m project to redevelop Carmelite Riverside on London’s Victoria Embankment. The project for Orion Capital Managers and Quadrant Estates will update the Grade II listed building, formerly known as Carmelite House.