The ambitious £300m redevelopment of the Regent Palace Hotel by Sir Robert McAlpine and Dixon Jones Architects has been completed four months ahead of schedule.
This latest development in the Crown Estate's £1bn revamp of Regent Street, called Quadrant 3, will offer 200,000 square feet of office space over seven floors to tenants. This week the first office tenant, Generation Investment Management, chaired by Gore will accommodate the building.
The original cornerpieces of the former Regent Palace Hotel have been retained along with the faïence facade made from clay tiles, and one side is shaped like the prow of a ship, offering boutique office space.
The building is opposite Quadrant 1, the former Café Royal, frequented by Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, which is being turned into a five-star hotel and set to complete early next year.
Since 1760, the Crown Estate has managed the royal lands and paid its profits to the Treasury. It also owns the seabed around Britain and much of the coastline, as well as farmland and ancient forests.