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Farrells completes ‘modern-day Art Deco’ scheme

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Farrells has unveiled The Eagle, an upgrade of a 1930s building in Old Street, east London


The project has been designed as a ‘modern-day Art Deco icon’ and takes its name from the existing 1930s Eagle House building on the site.

Alongside the refurbishment of Eagle House a new 26-storey tower houses offices, shops and restaurants as well as 20,300m2 of residential units.

The 276 residential units include 206 private apartments, 36 social-housing units, and 34 shared-ownership homes.

The building’s limestone facade references Moorfields Eye Hospital which sits opposite the site, while dark granite at the base picks up on the patterned colour facade of Eagle House.

Sitting on a six-storey raised plinth, the height of the new tower runs parallel with the neighbouring schemes.

Both buildings are arranged around a central public courtyard.

Terry Farrell commented: ‘The redevelopment of Eagle House represents a key milestone in the transformation of this part of the city. The ground-breaking, mixed-used buildings will enable this area to provide the very best workspaces and facilities, as well as characterful and high-quality residential units with a mix of sizes and tenures.

’This project is at the forefront of progressive urban design thinking, drawing on the character and identity of the existing Art Deco buildings which have been lovingly restored and brought back to life. The tower has been perceived as part of an urban block, with shoulder buildings to break up the scale, acting as an elegant addition to the skyline and a new landmark for London.’

The practice was originally appointed to masterplan the site for Groveworld, but the project lay dormant for three years until the site was bought by Mount Anvil and Farrells was reappointed to the job.

The Eagle by Farrells

The Eagle by Farrells

Project data

Location City Road, Old Street
Type of project Mixed use
Client Mount Anvil
Architect Farrells
Landscape architect Hassell
Structural engineer Watermans Structures
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Start on site date 2013
Completion date 2016
Gross internal floor area 1,300m2 (retail), 440m2 (restaurants), 3,500m2 (office), 900m2 (leisure) and 20,300m2 (residential)

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