Currently, 7-9 Piccadilly comprises of a three-storey building with commercial premises (currently comprising a Superdrug and Greggs store) at ground floor level with storage on the upper floors.
The Site occupies a prominent position, with the principal elevation of the building fronting onto Piccadilly Gardens. The rear of the building (and service entrances) form part of Back Piccadilly and can also be accessed via Tib Street.
The Site is also located within the Smithfield Conservation Area and it plays a key role in framing the north eastern edge of the Gardens but it currently falls short of delivering the sense of place that this important area of the City warrants.
Thackeray Investments is excited by the opportunity to reshape and revive 7-9 Piccadilly through the delivery of a high quality and sustainable development.
Located at the northern most corner of Piccadilly Gardens, 7-9 Piccadilly forms part of an urban block, the frontage of which, has helped define the north-eastern edge of Piccadilly Gardens.
The rear of the block fronting onto Back Piccadilly is primarily a servicing access route and offers a subdued contrast to the vibrant and busy environment to the front.
Over the past 170 years, the site has seen a steady rate of redevelopment, and varied uses occupy the site based around leisure and retail.
The White Bear Hotel operated throughout the second half of the 19th Century before being replaced by the Kardoma café, later re-branded as Lyon’s Popular Cafe. At the time of the millennium, this was replaced with the building we are familiar with today.
The existing building has a formally ordered façade onto Piccadilly, mirroring the design, but lacking the scale of the other period buildings overlooking the Gardens.