107 – 109 Charing Cross Rd Foyles Bookstore Fit Out

London, UK

Located in the former Central Saint Martin School of Art, this mixed-used development is now home to Foyle’s internationally renowned flagship bookstore, with 37,000 sq ft. of retail space spread across four floors, along with 13 high specification residential units on floors four to six. Appointed initially to provide design services in support of a successful planning application our commission expanded to include the  major fit out of the new store at the site in Charing Cross Road close to Foyles original home which opened in 1906, and is the largest bookshop to have opened in the UK this century.

The  retained façade was thermally upgraded with new high performance windows, as well as exposed thermal mass and a number of other low carbon technologies, including a large PV array and green roof. Our fit out design needed to  work within the constraints of the former art school, so we worked closely with LDS to  develop a design for exposed heating and cooling services which accentuated the building  and  minimised any loss of spatial quality whilst also creating  a dramatic aesthetic impact.

  • Client


    Foyles Bookstore

  • Architect

    Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

  • Accreditations

    BREEAM Excellent (Post Construction)

  • Sector(s)

    Retail, Residential

  • Status


  • Scope

    Shell & Core, Fit Out

  • Services

    Building Services | Fire Engineering | Acoustics | Vertical Transportation | Sustainability
  • Awards

    BREEAM Awards, Retail – Refurbishment & Fit-Out – Foyles Bookstore – Winner

    FX Awards Best Retail Project 2014 – Winner – Foyles Bookstore

    Retrofit Awards Best Retail Project 2015 – Shortlisted – Foyles Bookstore

    RIBA National Award 2015 and Regional Award 2015 – Winner – Foyles Bookstore

    RIBA Client of the Year Award 2015 – Foyles Bookstore

    RIBA London Award 2015 – Foyles Bookstore – Winner

    Architects Journal Retrofit of the Year Award 2015 ‘Retail’ and ‘Overall Winner’ – Foyles Bookstore

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