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dRMM wins go-ahead for first City office scheme

The City of London’s planning committee has approved this ten-storey office block in Fenchurch Street by dRMM

The 6,334m² scheme, which is the practice’s first major office scheme in the City, was originally set to be decided two weeks ago.

However the planning committee ran out of time to determine the proposals for Aviva Life & Pensions UK due to the heated and lengthy debate over Steven Holl’s controversial Maggie’s Centre at St Barts - an earlier item on the committee’s agenda.

The scheme at 51-54 Fenchurch Street features an all-glass curtain wall system which is broken up by solid, Portland Stone-coloured panels.

‘The façade treatment will be a world first,’ said dRMM director Sadie Morgan. ‘It combines an abstraction of Portland Stone with an all-glass façade, the effect of which will mean the building’s shifted form blends with its surroundings, giving it an exciting presence on this busy street.

‘As well as looking interesting, the façade effect is environmentally sound, maximising the thermal performance of the envelope by combining solid and transparent elements.’

The building will increase the floorspace on the site by 2,000m².

The ‘flexible office space’ has been designed to be either let on a floor-by-floor basis or as a unique, single-occupier headquarters building.

Earlier this month Farshid Moussavi Architecture submitted plans a new office block at the nearby 130 Fenchurch Street for the same client (pictured below).

Farshid Moussavi Fenchurch Street

Farshid Moussavi’ Architecture’s proposal for 130 Fenchurch Street


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  • This looks to be a building that adds variety to the street, in contrast to Farshid Moussavi's nearby offering - which, if the illustration is anything to go by, would be a dark, overbearing monster.
    It'll be interesting to see the planners' reaction.

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