This is the first glimpse of Make Architects' audacious designs for its 30 The Old Bailey project.
It is the firm's second scheme in the heart of the City of London to be unveiled in almost as many weeks, after it was revealed that Make is set to work next to Christopher Wren's Monument.
Backed by Land Securities, the project features two buildings, which will replace three existing structures - Export House, Seacoal House, and Hillgate House.
Both north and south buildings will be nine storeys in height, with the north building being the bigger of the two, offering 27,000m2
of office space compared to the 17,000m2
The smaller plot will provide retail space, which will look out on to Ludgate Hill, and to the rear a triple-height café with a mezzanine level will be incorporated.
The project has yet to receive planning; however, it is understood that it will not face much opposition as it has stuck rigidly to all heritage requirements.
Make's design is relatively low-lying, and all sightlines toward St Paul's have been taken into account.by Richard Vaughan