Beige Holes of Fitzrovia: new squares are generic nowhere places derived from transactions and contracts

Entrance walkway.

Two new privately owned public spaces (POPS) in Fitzrovia are products of development and real estate speculation in a wildly distorted market. The first project, completed in 2016, is GROSS.MAX.’s design for Fitzroy Place, and the second is Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s Rathbone Square, completed in September 2017. Both developments are responding directly to market …

Is central London’s new square a public open space or a corporate plaza with petty rules?

Street sign saying Pearson Square W1, City of Westminster.

Property developer Exemplar boasts that its Fitzroy Place scheme has the first new public square in central London for over 100 years. But members of the public have been told they are not allowed to sit down and eat a sandwich there. In fact Pearson Square which has City of Westminster signs on it may be a …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel open for London architecture festival

Outside of chapel.

The chapel that once stood at the heart of the Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street is to open to the public this month after undergoing a £2million restoration. Completed in 1929 for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors of the Middlesex Hospital, and closed since 2005 when the hospital was vacated, it has stood …

Three weekends of road closures in final push to complete Fitzroy Place

Men laying tarmac.

Several streets in the centre of Fitzrovia will be closed over three weekends in June to enable resurfacing and paving works in Mortimer Street. The work is being carried out as part of the final stages of the troublesome Fitzroy Place development on the former Middlesex Hospital site. The work will be done by Volker Highways, acting …

McAlpine blames Fitzroy Place contract for financial loss

Image of John Constable behind hoarding.

Construction giant Sir Robert McAlpine has blamed problems with a contract at Fitzroy Place in Fitzrovia for a £90 million loss, according to a report in today's Sunday Times. McAlpine published its accounts this week and blamed a "number of poorly performing contracts which have incurred considerable losses” but didn't name any specific jobs as the …

Three sites will deliver affordable housing in Fitzrovia

Front of residential building.

After all the demolition and building work, Fitzrovia will finally benefit from some much-needed affordable housing. Three sites are either completed or nearing completion at Fitzroy Place, Ogle Street, and Whitfield Place. Together they will deliver a total of 88 affordable homes of which 62 will be for social rent. Octavia Housing will manage 54 …

Seifert and Partners’ Copyright House building between the towers of Fitzroy Place

View of buildings in Berners Street.

Richard Seifert and Partners' Copyright House building with its pierced undulating roof as seen from between the towers of Fitzroy Place and the new Pearson Square in Fitzrovia. Constructed between 1956 and 1958, Copyright House in Berners Street was purpose built as offices. Along with the neighbouring neo-Georgian office designed by Angell & Curtiss it …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel “was never named” say new trustees in response to petitions

Memorial plaques on wall of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

Our campaign to preserve the name of the Middlesex Hospital Chapel took a bizarre turn this week when the new trustees who are due to take charge of the building issued a statement saying the chapel "was never named" in the first place. The statement followed a press announcement made by The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation last Friday which …

Announcement expected on re-naming of Middlesex Hospital Chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel could be re-branded with a new name despite a campaign to preserve its historical title. The Grade II* listed chapel -- the only complete remains of the Middlesex Hospital -- is to be given a new name by its trustees: The Fitzrovia Chapel. However, the final decision over the re-naming of the historic building …

FOI response tells us what we already knew about Exemplar’s motives over chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

A courtesy letter to us from Westminster City Council in response to our petition to preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel did not tell us very much. But documents obtained from The Council under the Freedom of Information Act were more enlightening. On 15 April 2014 Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, …

Fitzroy Place developer in trouble over Middlesex Hospital Chapel plans

Red brick chapel building.

Exemplar the property developer leading the construction of Fitzroy Place is coming under increasing pressure to abandon its plans to rename the Middlesex Hospital Chapel which it is meant to be restoring as part of a legal agreement with Westminster City Council. A medical historian, a former surgeon, and the chair of one of Westminster City Council's planning …

Help us preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel

By News Reporters The Middlesex Hospital Chapel at the heart of the building development known as Fitzroy Place is currently being restored as part of an agreement with Westminster City Council. It is a Grade II* listed building and it is the only part of the former hospital that still remains intact. However, the developers …

Exemplar “hell bent” on removing history of Middlesex Hospital

By News Reporters Exemplar the property developer which is creating the huge new building complex in Fitzrovia has been condemned by an international community of health workers and patients for trying to erase the name Middlesex from the site of the former hospital.  The site which will be completed later this year was to be called Fitzroy Place, then when that name …

Unanswered questions about the Middlesex Hospital Chapel

Trying to get straight answers out of director of Exemplar Mark Younger is a near impossible task. After several email exchanges where our questions about the future of the Grade II* listed Middlesex Hospital Chapel went unanswered, he finally rejected my last email as spam. I’d asked him about the plans to change the name …

Cubitt House plans 230 seat restaurant at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Independent hospitality business Cubitt House is planning to open its biggest restaurant to date, at Fitzroy Place on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital. The trouble is, the space available is not big enough.  Planning permission is now being sought to create what would be one of Fitzrovia's largest restaurants. It …

Staff of former hospital want Middlesex to live on in street name

By News Reporters A petition has been started to press Exemplar the owners of a new commercial and residential complex in Fitzrovia to commemorate The Middlesex Hospital in the name of a new public square.  The development known as Fitzroy Place is being built on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street …

Westminster Council department doesn’t know where former Middlesex Hospital site is

By News Reporters Westminster Council's street environment service appear to have lost one of the largest building sites in its manor. The former Middlesex Hospital site currently being developed under the name of Fitzroy Place by a consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments, and Kaupthing appears to slipped off the radar of the flagship Tory council.  …

Exemplar pay tribute to chapel architect in proposal for street name at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Exemplar have suggested a new name for the street that will run through the heart of their mixed-use scheme on the development site currently known as Fitzroy Place. The name "Pearson Square" has been chosen, named after John Loughborough Pearson the architect of the Grade II* listed hospital chapel at the centre …

The name Fitzroy Place is “unacceptable” say authorities

By News Reporters The owners of the former Middlesex Hospital site could be told to think again about what to name the new street through the development which is due to be completed in September 2014. The consortium of Exemplar, Aviva Investments and Kaupthing have applied to call the walkway Fitzroy Place -- the name they …