5 Kingdom Street, Westminster

British Land

Our Role
Planning, Development, Research & EIA

2018 – Present


c 66,000 sqm office led mixed use

CBRE Planning has been working with British Land for circa 10 years since their acquisition of the Paddington campus. Following on from the permission for a 20 storey hotel, we were asked to advise on 5 Kingdom Street, the last remaining undeveloped site on the campus.

Permission had previously been granted in 2011 for a 13 storey building that was permitted prior to the existence of the Community Infrastructure Levy. That permission was a product of its time and inward facing and therefore a new application was made for a 20 storey mixed use building. To deliver a permission, and given the sensitivity of the site, the public benefits became a critical consideration.

The heritage and amenity impact upon local residents made it a challenging application for the LPA to balance the public benefits against. Consequently, it was the GLA who took over the application and ultimately determined it. It was the first application that the Mayor had ‘called-in’ within Westminster and also his first office development.

Key considerations within the Mayor’s weighing up of the issues were the regenerative impact upon local communities of c5000 new jobs, a new physical connection into these deprived areas, the largest affordable workspace within Westminster, a commitment to zero carbon, a business start-up fund and local employment training as well as financial contributions totalling over £30m to CIL and affordable housing.

In addressing these challenges CBRE supported the application through a wide range of services alongside its planning team with its EIA, Development and Research teams all providing vital inputs.


  • Will Lingard

    Senior Director, Planning, Central London