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Flanagan Lawrence and Doone Silver complete London office scheme

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Doone Silver and AJ120 practice Flanagan Lawrence have completed this 13,650m² office scheme in the City of London

PROJECT DATA

The project was originally designed under the banner of the later-rebranded Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver (BFLS), the practice first revealing plans for the ’rotating, stepped fan-shaped’ scheme in 2010.

The development was subsequently delivered by BFLS’ successor Flanagan Lawrence in collaboration with ‘design architect’ Doone Silver Architects - the London-based firm headed by Richard Doone and former BFLS director John Silver.

The 15-storey office scheme sits on a triangular site bounded by Fetter Lane and New Fetter Lane. The block steps up from the low-rise buildings of the Chancery Lane Conservation Area towards the taller commercial buildings of the nearby New Street Square.

The development replaces two lower 1950s buildings and a car park and boasts a series of cascading double-storey stepped terraces.

The ground floor has been set back and includes a full height glazed lobby alongside new shop units.

Featuring an envelope almost entirely made of class, the core of the building is clad in pale grey opaque glass vertical panels while the glazing to the offices has a multi-faceted and reticulated surface.

Silver, design director at Doone Silver Architects, said: ‘The stepped form, rotating through the triangular site around a slender stair tower, provides a dynamic response to the building’s urban context and unlocks highly versatile open floorplates. It has been a fantastic experience to work so closely with Great Portland Estates and the entire team to design and deliver this unique building.’

David Lawrence of Flanagan Lawrence, added: ‘This is an elegant building where a refined attention to detail permeates the whole design. Everyone involved in the design and delivery of this project can be justifiably proud.’ 

Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence's New Fetter office scheme

Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence’s New Fetter office scheme

Source: James Brittain

Project data

Location London
Type of project office
Architect Flanagan Lawrence and Doone Silver
Client Pontsarn Investments c/o Great Portland Estates
Owner TH Real Estate
Tenant Bird & Bird
Landscape architect Townshend Landscape Architects
Project manager Gardiner & Theobald
Main contractor Mace
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
M&E consultant Hilson Moran Partnership
Quantity surveyor Arcadis
Fire and traffic engineer WSP Group
Commissioning consultant Dome Group
Planning supervisor Gardiner & Theobald
Lighting consultant EQ2
Rights to light consultant Delva Patman Associates
Approved inspector MLM Building Control
Access consultant Access Design Consultants
Area 13,650m2
Form of contract JCT 2011 Design & Build
Total cost Approximately £47 million
BREEAM rating Excellent 2011

Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence's New Fetter office scheme

Doone Silver Architects and Flanagan Lawrence’s New Fetter office scheme

Source: James Brittain

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