KPF were working on a masterplan for this large site a few years ago, they knew it as Covent Garden block C.
Their website says:
KPF’s strategy for this urban block in London’s Covent Garden reinforces the qualities of the existing urban fabric with a mixed-use scheme incorporating retail, residential, and office use. The proposal calls for the refurbishment of existing warehouses in order to maintain the character of the area. Additional new buildings create efficient office floor plates and link to the existing buildings with highly detailed glass and steel circulation cores and atria.
The design attracts pedestrian activity from Long Acre and Neal Street by improving street level frontage with new retail units along Langley and Mercer Streets. Residential units above the warehouse buildings take advantage of both extra light and views across to the Royal Opera House.
The creation of a new urban plaza opens up the site, signals entry to the new buildings, and attracts people into the heart of the block.
There are pictures on their website, which is unfortunately one of those flash ones so you'll have to find your own way to right bit of the site.
Theres a couple of plans for the area. This one was in PW recently......
Shaftesbury plans London ‘ladies’ area’
Shaftesbury and the Mercers Company have revealed plans for an upmarket ‘ladies’ area’ in central London.
St Martin’s Courtyard will open in November 2009 and is being built behind St Martin’s Lane and Long Acre in Covent Garden.
The plans for the scheme, which comprise fashion, health and beauty stores, restaurants and cafes, were revealed by Property Week in November 2005.
The 2 acre site will contain 25 shops totalling 65,000 sq ft, 30,000 sq ft of restaurants and bars and 73,000 sq ft of office space. There will also be 33 luxury flats.
The design of the scheme uses the existing arches in the block, which were designed for the carriage makers who originally worked in the area in the 17th century.
The first phase will provide three shops fronting Long Acre, which are due to be completed by July. There will be an additional five redesigned and refurbished stores on Long Acre.
Cushman & wakefield and Thomas Davidson are the retail agents at the scheme. The main entrance into St. Martin’s Courtyard will be via Slingsby Place from Long Acre. Two additional entrances on Upper St. Martin’s Lane and Mercer Street will also be created by the development.
Shaftesbury plans to attract a mix of fashion, beauty and lifestyle flagship stores and independent boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars to transform the location.
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