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Foster march on City goes on

Foster and Partners has unveiled designs for another of its burgeoning crop of office buildings in the City of London. Developer Standard Life Investments is pushing the project in order to get a pre-let, since it has been designed speculatively.

The scheme is to be built on an island site at 10 Gresham Street adjacent to Goldsmith's Hall, and, the developer says, it promises to be an office building to 'rival any other available or proposed scheme in the City.'

Gresham Street consists of 23,000m2 of space, arranged over eight floors and anchored by corner stair towers framing office facades with gun-metal cladding. Each floor has views of the central atrium where extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing will allow natural light to permeate the building. The developer says the design is flexible enough to adapt to changes in work technology and Foster's has provided floorplans with trading, cellular and open-plan options. Work on foundations has already begun and it should be complete within three years.

Standard Life is also working at Paternoster Square on a 14,700m2 office project by Whitfield Partners, and is working with Foster's again at Finsbury Square in the City on a 12,000m2 scheme.

The practice is also currently prolific elsewhere in the Square Mile. It has projects at No.1 London Wall for Hammerson, Moorfields and Moor House near London Wall for Greycoat, Wood Street for Helical Bar, Walbrook for Minerva, the almost complete Holborn Place headquarters for Arthur Andersen on behalf of developer Gemini, Tower Place for Marsh & McLennan, and, on the other side of the Thames, at London Bridge City.

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