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 …

Plans for Middlesex Hospital Chapel to host music, dance and weddings

Inside of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel could become a venue for music, dance and weddings under plans to be unveiled at an open day in March. Edward Turner, chair of the The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation, told Fitzrovia News: "We are applying for a premises licence and a licence for civil marriages that, if granted, would allow us to …

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 …

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 …