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Make wins planning for contentious London Wall scheme

Make has won planning for this ‘evolvable’ office scheme on the site of the 1950s St Alphage House, at London Wall in the City of London

The high-rise 46,450m² London Wall Place project provoked a flurry of objections from residents in the nearby Barbican but was approved by the City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee earlier today (27 June).

Backed by developer Hammerson the development features a 27,870m² headquarters block next to Foster & Partners’ Moorhouse building and a 16-storey multi-tenant tower on the western edge of the site - matching the height of Eric Parry’s neighbouring 5 Aldermanbury Square offices. 

Ian Lomas, partner for MAKE said: ‘This is a complex site and the scheme balances the needs of Barbican residents with the reinvigoration of the City. As a practice we are proud of the scheme and are pleased this was approved by the committee.’  

The proposal is understood to have received more than 130 letters of disapproval with many complaining about the potential imapct on the nearby remains of St Alphage Church tower (Grade II listed).

Martin Jepson, Hammerson managing director, London Group, added: ‘There has been overwhelming recognition from City of London Members of the scheme’s quality and this is a result of our commitment to constantly evolving the design and challenging traditional preconceptions of both the site and occupier’s needs.

‘This is a prime location, where we could achieve completion in 2014 ready for full occupation in 2015. We expect London Wall Place to become a well known City landmark.’

Previous story (AJ 05.11.10)

Make submits St Alphage House scheme

Make has submitted these proposals for a new ‘evolvable’ office scheme on the site of the 1950s St Alphage House, at London Wall in the City of London

The 46,450m² scheme, now rebranded London Wall Place, features a 27,870m² headquarters block next to Foster & Partners’ Moorhouse building and a 16-storey multi-tenant tower on the western edge of the site which matches the height of Eric Parry’s neighbouring 5 Aldermanbury Square offices. 

According to developer Hammerson, more than half the site will be given over to open space and includes a series of links through new gardens and access to a number of historic monuments such as the City Wall and the remains of St Alphage Church Tower.

The highwalk system is also being retained.

Martin Jepson, managing director of Hammerson’s London Group, said: ‘This is an extremely complex site in a prime City location. Make has delivered an outstanding scheme that respects its surroundings and will change the perception of a traditional City office building.

‘We will be able offer occupiers grade-A office space providing flexibility through a variety of floor plates. We are confident that the scale and stature of the scheme means it will become a well recognised City landmark.’

The developer hopes to secure planning by next summer (2011) with completion set for 2014 and ready for full occupation by mid-2015.

Previous story (AJ 17.09.10)

Make reveals designs for ‘evolvable’ office in City

Make has unveiled these proposals for a new 16-storey office scheme on the site of the 1950s St Alphage House, at London Wall in the City of London

Backed by developer Hammerson, the project sits between the City and the Barbican is expected to go in for planning in the autumn and complete by 2014.

Project architect Ian Lomas said the practice had designed a building which could keep evolving. He said:  ‘The scheme could be completely naturally ventilated, completely air conditioned or anything in between. It is effectively a framework to work in over the years – like a Georgian House that can keep reinventing itself.

He added: ‘This area need repairing with something that is well proportioned and has dignity – not a building that screams look at me.’

The ‘modular’ project will incorporate a series of ‘high level’ walkways which link to the site.

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Architects had originally drawn up plans for the UK’s largest office building on the plot, but the 100,000m² scheme was dropped in 2008 when the potential tenant JP Morgan announced it would instead be relocating its headquarters to Canary Wharf.

Previous story (AJ 17.11.09)

Make to design Hammerson’s St Alphage House

Ken Shuttleworth’s Make has been selected to design Hammerson’s St Alphage House site in the City of London.

The appointment is the first sign of life from the developer since November 2008 when it announced it was putting all projects on hold until the end of 2009.

Now Make, which has worked on 55 Baker Street and 11-19 Monument Street, will create the designs for an office-led scheme on the 1.78 acre site at London Wall.

A spokeswoman for Hammerson said the final height of the development remains open, adding: ‘We’re too early in the design process for that. We will be considering various massing options for a scheme, and one of the reasons we chose Make was their ability to come up with creative solutions for the site.’

Shuttleworth said: ‘The City of London is a wonderful marriage of old and new, and a fantastic location for exceptional architecture. We are delighted to be selected as the architects for such an exciting challenge.’

 

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