Office, retail and residential over five stories are combined behind a listed facade of a 19th-century church
Sitting at the junction of Paul Street and Leonard Street in Shoreditch, this 4,028m² mixed-use development integrates a remnant of the neighbouring Grade II-listed Church of St Michael and All Angels.
The mix of work, leisure and living was delivered in response to the area’s already diverse uses, and is intended to promote the public realm of Leonard Street Circus.
The new building, adopting a similar yellow-hued brick to the church and adding geometric fenestration, aims to respond to the existing Gothic walls, while also picking up on south Shoreditch 19th-century industrial buildings and more recent developments.
Stiff Trevillion Paul Street c. Andy Stagg
In a sculpture designed by Stiff + Trevillion to ‘preserve the ecclesiastical memory of the site’, panels representing the listed wall have been fragmented to symbolise the destruction caused by Second World War bombing and formed into an ‘abstract phoenix’.
The five-storey scheme was designed as a homogeneous single building with a continuous façade of floor-to-ceiling glazing to emphasise the verticality of the block. Private residential accommodation and office spaces have access to a lower courtyard formed partially by the historic listed wall. Independent access to this area also allows for its potential use as a gallery space, while a frontage along the street provides retail and café facilities.
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The philosophy was not only to preserve and reuse elements of the listed buildings and the stewardship of historically important elements, but also to create a development that reinstated the original Shoreditch block, providing a mix of work, leisure and living space.
The wall originally formed part of the ecclesiastical complex around the church, which was constructed around 1863–73. Much of the original complex was destroyed by high-explosive bombs during the Second World War. The wall has been used as part of the enclosure to the new residential element of the development which has views, through originally blocked windows, over Mark Street gardens. A new courtyard, adjacent to the old Clergy House courtyard, similarly celebrates the old wall to create a unique open space for the building’s residents.
Andrew Trevillion, founder, Stiff + Trevillion
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Start on site January 2016
Completion November 2017
Gross internal floor area 4,028m² – Office: 2,047m², Gallery: 123m², Café: 142m², Residential: 991m², Retail 1: 128m², Retail 2: 105m²
Form of contract Design & Build
Construction cost £12 million
Architect Stiff + Trevillion
Client Folgate Estates
Structural engineer Walsh Group
M&E consultant J M Partnership
QS Potter Raper Partnership
Project manager Potter Raper Partnership
Main contractor J Murphy and Sons