7 Millbank sits at a prominent location on the north-eastern corner of Smith Square and is bounded by Dean Stanley Street and Millbank.
The 9-storey building, originally constructed as the headquarters for British American Tobacco,was designed by Gordon & Gunton and constructed between 1913 and 1915. It is not listed although is identified as a building of merit within the Smith Square Conservation Area.
There are a number of issues with the existing building which we are keen to
address through its redevelopment. These include:
Old Park Lane Management Limited, acting as asset mangers for Baola Properties Limited, as the long-terms owners of the site, are looking to bring forward proposals for the site which will see:
• The facades suffer from embedded steelwork corrosion where the steel frame, that is enclosed within the façade, is corroding. The building was most recently encased in scaffolding for 3 years but this has only made it safe for the timebeing. As a result, it is in need of investment to avoid future periodic maintenance works.
• The interior is tired, has an inefficient layout and is not suited to modern occupier needs, and there is a lack of cycle parking or ‘end of trip’ facilities (eg showers) for office tenants.
• The entrances to both buildings are relatively poor, do not meet disability requirements, and do not reflect the location or prominence of the building.
• The roofscape is inconsistent with the local area, includes an unsympathetic 1960s extension and lacks urban greening
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