First look at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store expansion design

Design agency Buckley Gray Yeoman has shared images of design proposals as home furnishing retailer Heal’s kicks on with redevelopment works.

Heal’s is expanding into the vacant Habitat store on Tottenham Court Road in London, with plans to implement internal refurbishments as well as alterations to the basement and ground floor of both Heal’s and Habitat spaces.

Commenting on the design, Buckley Gray Yeoman said: “Our design proposals respect the value, sensitivity and importance of this Grade II listed building by working with the existing building fabric, retaining the existing windows and historical features, whilst removing non-original modern additions.

“We will convert part of the existing loading bays into a new restaurant and entrance space by activating and opening up Alfred Mews to become a new, landscaped, semi-pedestrianised street that prioritises the display of public art. By making Alfred Mews the principal entrance into the office portion of the building and using the space to display public art, it recalls remnants of an earlier nineteenth-century store and workshops within this part of the building – elements of which remain and will be retained.”

The practice has designed 140,000sqft of workspace inside the landmark 1917 furniture store for developer General Projects and real estate investor KKR, which acquired the site last year.

Hamish Mansbridge, CEO of Heal’s added: “Internally, the existing warren of spaces is resolved throughout a new, internal ‘street’ from Alfred Mews through to Torrington Street. The route will serve as linear lobby of flexible display and meeting spaces for the tenants that are based within the upper floors.

“The approach to these upper floors will apply the same principles as the retail units below and celebrate the important heritage elements of the building and recognise the significance of the building as whole.

“This is an opportunity for us to revitalise our flagship store by reinstating our street presence with a new, contemporary fit-out, and securing an exciting future for the brand in the building in which it was founded.”

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