No 1 BHY London
Bleeding Heart Yard
BHY is a cobbled courtyard off Greville Street in the Farringdon area of the Borough of Camden. Named after a 16th-century inn sign dating back to the Reformation displayed at the Bleeding Heart Tavern. The sign showed the heart of the Virgin Mary pierced by five swords.
Mr & Mrs Wilson, the clients, who has traded as the Bleeding Heart Restaurant since early 1983, have worked with M+P in the past on several projects and, at the beginning of the pandemic, asked us to review options for the building at No 1 BHY / 19 Greville street. The Tavern had temporarily closed due to a lack of staff and customers during the various Covid lockdowns.
We completed a planning feasibility study that looked and the mix of uses in the buildings, the sustainability of the operation, improvement of the public realm and provides DDA access to all building levels. The study acknowledged the renovation and extension of no 29-31 by Seaforth Land/ Groupwork. The increased Bulk and Mass and Edwardian inspired cladding were pointers for how the roofline and penthouse for no 1 BHY could be managed in a more contemporary manner.
The project was put on hold until the pandemic had ended and when city trading was back to a new normal. Hopefully, the clients will proceed with a full planning and Conservation Area application in the near future.