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Wilkinson Eyre completes £68 million City of London office scheme

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Wilkinson Eyre has completed this commercial development for Mitsubishi Estate and Stanhope in Finsbury Circus

ARCHITECT’S VIEWPROJECT DATA • PLANS • SECTION 

The Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice was appointed for the job back in 2011 following a design competition where the client asked for an ‘exemplary new office’. 

Planning permission was granted in 2012 and the scheme replaces the 1980s River Plate House which sat on the site before. 

Planning restrictions meant that the building had to retain a mansard roof and should not be seen above the height of the existing mansard when viewed from the south side of the Circus. 

This meant the buildings form was designed to step back at the upper levels creating terraces while increasing the net area on the site by 23 per cent. 

The facades feature contemporary detailed Portland stone and bronze and an area of the north elevation built in the 1920s has been retained with its colonnade forming a new entrance. 

Internally the layout has been arranged around a central core and there are large column-free open plan offices at all levels. 

Site plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Ground floor plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Third floor plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Fifth floor plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Eighth floor plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Roof plan

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Section

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

8 Finsbury Circus by Wilkinson Eyre

Architect’s view 

Our proposals maximise the full development potential of the extremely constrained site, whilst respecting the surrounding listed buildings. Entrances on both the north and south provide access to a generous lobby that runs through the length of the ground floor anticipating the change in the movement of office workers to the building following the opening of new ticket halls at Liverpool Street and Moorgate for Crossrail in 2018. 

The building is configured around a central core, providing large column free office space at all levels. A sculptural main circulation stair has been positioned with good visibility from the core to encourage use of the stair between floors. 

Within the impressive reception a traditional palette of stone, bronze and walnut is imaginatively detailed to provide an uplifting environment for the occupiers. The lift shafts, in translucent glazing, provide both a source of light and movement, with the lift cars casting shadows as they rise and descend. We also designed two walnut veneered sculptures which act as focal points within the large space and provide a place to sit. 

8 Finsbury Circus by WilkinsonEyre

8 Finsbury Circus by WilkinsonEyre

Source: Dirk Lindner

Project data

Location 8 Finsbury Circus
Type of project commercial
Client Mitsubishi Estate London/Stanhope 
Architect WilkinsonEyre
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Façade engineer Arup Façade Engineering
Structural engineer Waterman Group
M&E consultant WSP
Quantity surveyor Alinea
Lighting consultant EQ2 Light
Construction manager Lend Lease
Funding private
Appointment design competition (December 2011)
Tender date February 2013
Start on site date October 2013
Completion date April 2016

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