News > Planning Consent for the Asticus Building
We achieved planning permission in late February 2019 to extend the Asticus building by an additional floor for AXA Investments, following extensive study on both the technical feasibility and the intricate townscape factors that make it possible. Working with the City of Westminster through pre-application meetings and site visits, and after exploring an array of different options, the route to an approval was found. The solution maintains the integrity of the original architecture whilst allowing an update to the building to provide modern day office amenity and an additional office floor in keeping with the emerging context in an ever changing local area.
The existing building, at 21 Palmer Street and adjacent to St James underground station, was completed in 2006 to designs by Foggo Associates, and delivered by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The building won critical acclaim on completion, and also enabled the adjacent Caxton Hall, a heritage asset, to be saved and bought back into use.
View showing the proposed extension from the junction of Palmer and Caxton Streets
Elevation along Palmer Street, showing the proposed extension
Typical bay of the upper levels with the precast concrete frame and glazed two-storey 'crown'