Revealed: Foster's latest plans for Walbrook Square
Foster + Partners has submitted plans to create a new home for media giant Bloomberg in the City of London
The £300 million, 110,000m² project at Walbrook Square was originally being masterminded by a collaboration between Jean Nouvel and Foster.
However the original scheme - dubbed Darth Vader’s Helmet - was ditched in summer 2009 when Spanish property company Metrovacesa pulled out of a deal to buy the land and Nouvel was subsequently dropped.
Foster + Partners has now revealed plans for a two block, 10-storey development for the international newswire.
The 1.5ha site, which once housed the 1958 Bucklersbury House and Temple court buildings, has already been cleared.
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Foster ousts Nouvel on Walbrook Square job
Jean Nouvel has been dropped, and Foster + Partners reappointed to single-handedly design media giant Bloomberg’s new home in the City of London
The £300 million project for Walbrook Square was originally a Nouvel and Foster collaboration. However the development, which won planning permission in 2007, was abandoned last summer when Spanish property company Metrovacesa pulled out of a deal to buy the land.
Developer Legal & General, which is close to signing a deal with Bloomberg, ran a design competition earlier this year, whittling a shortlist of six down to two in June. It is understood that Foster + Partners has now landed the job on its own.
Demolition of the 1.5ha site’s 1958 Bucklersbury House and Temple court has already begun.
Foster and Nouvel’s original scheme (pictured) included four 22-storey office blocks topped with ‘clouds’. Foster ‘nominally’ designed the base and Nouvel the tops of the buildings, according to a source.
Foster’s new media centre scheme will incorporate an entrance to Bank Underground station and improved treatment to the local Temple of Mithras Roman ruins.
Peter Rees, planning director of the City of London, said: ‘I look forward to our involvement in the planning/design process once they are ready to begin.’