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12/04/2017

Basement music venue green-lit for London’s West End

Words: Laura Edgar
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Camden Council has approved a 2,000-capacity basement music venue in the West End of London.

The venue will be located at St Giles Circus and forms part of the £90 million redevelopment of the area, designed by architects at Orms.

Since the closure of the London Astoria in 2007, there has not been a live music venue in the West End.

The scheme, which originally gained planning permission in 2017, includes two new buildings on St Giles High Street, Andrew Borde Street and Charing Cross Road as well as the refurbishment of two listed buildings on Denmark Place.

The initial approval came with a number of operational restrictions. Over the past six months, planning consultancy Iceni Projects, which secured the permission on behalf of Consolidated Developments Ltd, has worked with planning officers at Camden Council to relax these controls to make the music venue possible.

Anna Snow, director at Iceni Projects, said: “This part of London has been crying out for a large, live music venue for years. It will be a huge boost to the night-time economy, something we know is a priority for London’s mayor.

“With the 24-hour Tube up and running, and Crossrail expected to be completed in two years, the infrastructure is in place to cope with the venue.”

The larger of the two buildings will include a 10,000 publicly accessible space, offering a mix of digital uses for brand launches and exhibitions as well as an additional 800-capacity music venue at basement level.

The second building will be 50,000 square metres in size and is expected to feature retail, leisure, office space and a rooftop bar.

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