Issue 02

December 2016

Welcome to the second Centre Point newsletter, providing you with an update on the work being undertaken at Centre Point, and news from the surrounding area. It’s been a fantastic couple of months for the project and we look forward to unveiling the transformed Centre Point next year.

Progress on site

Multiplex, formerly named Brookfield Multiplex, has spent over 1,200,000 hours working on the site. Around 10,000 hours of work have been spent on the façade, which has now been fully repaired and cleaned. The scaffolding and monoflex is being removed in sections, so the restored façade is currently on display from floors 13 to 29.

There have been 1,372 new windows installed, which will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 80%. Inside the building, the apartments are taking shape and the benchmark apartment has recently been reviewed by The Times, Centre Point: from brutalism to towering beauty. The apartment is on the 28th floor and is from the Vantage Collection (the three-bedroom apartments from floors 18-30).

The new Tottenham Court Road

The area surrounding Tottenham Court Road is fast becoming one of London’s premier destinations. Earlier this summer Andrew Borde Street was closed as we continue to work with surrounding stakeholders on the creation of the new square at the base of Centre Point. The new Tottenham Court Road station entrance next to Centre Point will fully open in December.

We recently confirmed that rhubarb will be opening a new restaurant at Centre Point. They have appointed SAY Architects to create a bold and vibrant interior that will feature digital art and reflect their creative and innovative approach to hospitality. Whilst the concept is still being delivered, rhubarb already operate in some of London’s most iconic sites including the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Saatchi Gallery and Royal Ascot Racecourse.

The latest edition of the UK Michelin Guide was recently published, and with it an updated list of all the London restaurants. At current count, London has 53 restaurants with one Michelin star, nine restaurants with two Michelin stars and two restaurants with an impressive three stars. Over half of these restaurants are in London’s West End.

Investment is also being made in other key landmarks near Centre Point. Further up Oxford Street, Selfridges is investing £300 million in its flagship store, for an even better customer experience and The Royal Opera House, one of 40 theatres in the West End, is undergoing a £35m redevelopment.

New openings


Renowned for his three Michelin-starred restaurant Azurmendi in Bilbao, Basque chef, Eneko Atxa, is heading in a new direction with a 110-cover restaurant and 35-cover wine bar in London. Located in the five-star hotel, One Aldwych, Eneko Atxa will showcase his commitment to quality ingredients and precise execution and offer a relaxed, fun and inventive menu that is deeply rooted in traditional Basque cooking.

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Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis, the Soho restaurant and members’ club, has reopened after a substantial redesign. The ground floor restaurant will remain open to the public and members alike with the addition of a second restaurant, Barrafina, which has moved from its Frith Street location. The first floor will open as a new dedicated members’ restaurant, bar and club area and the second floor rooms have been opened up by removing walls to create one fluid space with a new bar area.

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Space NK

Space NK, the leading British luxury beauty retailer, has recently opened a global flagship store on Regent Street. The ‘Innovation by Space NK’ store has been designed as a one-off concept, so called because it will act as the test bed for the most innovative product launches from Space NK. The store will include an on-site beauty school for staff, and customers will be able to enjoy a range of exclusive beauty experiences.

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Arts and culture

Abstract Expressionism

The Royal Academy of Arts highly exclaimed exhibition will be running until early January. It explores an unparalleled period in American art and reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York. The exhibition brings together the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky.

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La traviata

Verdi’s most famous opera will return to the Royal Opera House in January. La traviata, inspired by Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias – itself based on the true story of the courtesan Marie Duplessis – is one of the most popular operas, combining drama, profound emotion and wonderful melody. Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris.

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Records and Rebels

The V&A museum explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s. You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 looks through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism and will be running until the end of February. Visitors are asked to reflect on how the ideals of the 1960s have shaped today - and encouraged to a rediscover of an imaginative optimism to envisage a new and better tomorrow.

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