Westminster City Council and Caudwell Collection have today marked the topping out of 21-23 Farm Street, celebrating the completion of the highest point of the new building. Designed by MSMR Architects, the Farm Street development will see 14 new affordable homes for rent for key workers on the upper floors and a new purpose-built street cleansing depot on the ground floor and part first floor.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration at Westminster City Council, who attended the topping-out ceremony, said: “Westminster City Council is committed to delivering more new affordable homes within our City and 21-23 Farm Street is a great example of a partnership with the private sector. The 14 new affordable homes will provide much-needed new homes for key workers who contribute to the economic success of Westminster.
“The council has committed to providing 1,850 affordable homes by 2023, and this scheme is an important step towards that target, which is a key priority for the council in creating a City for All.
“We will also receive a new purpose-built cleansing depot to help ensure that Mayfair and the West End continue to have some of the cleanest streets in the country.”
John Caudwell, founder of Phones 4u and Caudwell Collection, also spoke of his pride of the redevelopment, as well as the social benefits that it was designed to bring about. Caudwell, known as one of the UK’s largest taxpayers and philanthropists, said he was “looking forward to completing Farm Street, delivering a new building of the highest architectural standards”. Caudwell said that “respect for local context and heritage” was essential to the ethos of Caudwell Collection.
Danny Combes, Managing Director of Chase Construction which is delivering the development, said: “Chase Construction is pleased to have ‘topped-out’ the redevelopment of 21–23 Farm Street. Our dedicated team of construction professionals have led the way in the delivery of this high quality, efficient mixed-use building which meets leading industry standards.”