Marble Arch

We provided advice on all aspects of Rights of Light for the development of 1-4 Marble Arch in Central London.

With its prominent location opposite Marble Arch, the building is situated within The Portman Estate. This redevelopment of a 1930s mixed use building paired with the former Great Cumberland Hotel forms a sensitive backdrop to the Grade 1 listed Marble Arch.

The building was originally designed for housing above shops but was soon converted to offices. The new proposals provide a mix of uses, with retail at the western end of Oxford Street.

Plans drawn up by architects AHMM include new shopfronts inserted into the existing façade. The rest of the façade will be retained and extended to accommodate an additional office floor.

Any changes were designed to be in harmony with the existing buildings design. The internal structure will be replaced, allowing for the creation of approximately 5,000 sqm of flexible high-quality office space over seven floors. The structural changes also allow the use of the basement level. This will further extend the potential retail space for a large flagship store.


We advised on all aspects of rights of light, daylight & sunlight and overshadowing to support the planning application for the regeneration of 1-4 Marble Arch.

Client : Portman Estate

Architect : Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Services : Rights of Light, Daylight & Sunlight

Sector :  Mixed Use

Rights of Light Services

Initial Site Appraisal (Legal & Technical)

Strategic reporting

Transferred Rights to Light

Rights to Light negotiation & settlement

Rights to Light compensation

Rights to Light insurance

Scheme cutbacks or enhancements

Portfolio management

Laser Survey based full technical analysis

Maximum building envelopes

Expert Witness

Pre-Acquisition strategic advice

Also see details of our recent work at Beaufort Park, and our article on the powers to override rights of light.

Further Guidance when appointing a Rights of Light Surveyor

For further information please see our Rights of Light Fact Sheet.

The Government also published a rights to light fact sheet as part of a review by the Law Commission.

With offices in LondonBirmingham, Bristol, CardiffManchesterNorwichPlymouth we are able to provide Rights of Light advice on projects all around the UK.


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  • Rebecca Chapman
  • Matthew Grant
  • Stephen Mealings