This 2,200m 2, seven-storey office building, completed in 1999, replaces an undistinguished 19th-century block in this quarter of London formerly dominated by the newspaper industry - the building can be glimpsed from Fleet Street. The constricted site was a sensitive one, given the need to address three street frontages (Bouverie Street, which is a main thoroughfare, the secondary Pleydell Street and the narrow Lombard Lane) and to respond to the variegated context.
The most prominent element of the building is at the angle of Bouverie Street and Pleydell Street, where four storeys of fully glazed bay windows give it a landmark quality.The Bouverie Street elevation is entirely clad in Portland stone, framing full-height windows and expressing the concrete structural frame. On Pleydell Street and Lombard Lane, stack-bonded brick panels, set in aluminium frames, are used instead - the fact that the brickwork is not loadbearing is made explicit. This device has an added benefit in breaking down the perceived scale of the building on these narrow streets. The setting back of the top floor allows a rooftop terrace to be provided.