// M&S will redevelop its Marble Arch store in London after receiving planning permission
// The revamp will see housing retail at the bottom and “prime” grade-A office space on the top floor
// M&S is seeking to create a store estate that it considers “fit for the future”
Marks & Spencer has announced that it has received planning permission to redevelop its London Marble Arch store.
The retailer said Westminster City Council has approved of the plans, which will see housing retail at the bottom and “prime” grade-A office space on the top floor.
Originally announced in March, the plans are part of M&S’s Never the Same Again programme.
Under the plans, M&S is seeking to create a store estate that it considers “fit for the future”.
This includes plans to downsize the number of stores selling both clothes and food by 30 per cent to 180 outlets.
M&S said that more than 90 per cent of the materials from the existing site will be reused, creating a new, carbon-efficient building.
“M&S has a long history in Marble Arch and so we are pleased to receive approval for redevelopment,” M&S group property, store development and IT director, Sacha Berendji said.
“This means we will be able to serve the communities of the west end of Oxford Street from a modernised store offering the best of our products and services, and establish a building that positively contributes to our net zero targets over the long-term with strong sustainability credentials, which is another step forward in the transformation of our store estate to be fit for the future.”