AJ100 big-hitter Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has replaced Arup Associates on the project to overhaul the Grade II-listed 1 Finsbury Avenue building within the City of London’s Broadgate campus
Developer and landowner British Land said it had brought in the practice following a change of direction on the scheme, opting for a ‘more cost-effective refurbishment’ instead of a major revamp of the 1984 block.
Arup Associates submitted plans in summer 2015 (see AJ 17.07.15) for a significant makeover and extension of the building – a steel-framed, eight storey office development which the practice had originally designed more than 30 years ago.
That scheme would have added two extra floors to the building. However the revised design, which will be lodged with City planners soon, is described by insiders as a less costly, ‘lighter-touch’ refurbishment which could complete as early as next year.
A spokesman for project backers British Land and global investment firm GIC said: ‘This is a scheme designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for interior refurbishment taking forward the original work of architects Arup Associates.
’The revised approach of a more cost-effective refurbishment, without the additional floors previously proposed, facilitates the option of being able to deliver the space at an earlier date in late 2018.
He added: ‘The ability to add significantly more retail and leisure uses, as well as animate the public spaces, is an important part of British Land and GIC’s broader plans to transform Broadgate into a world-class mixed-use destination and it is envisaged the offices will appeal to a wide range of potential occupiers, given the planned flexible workspace being proposed.’
Meanwhile Arup Associates has confirmed the departure of its London-based director, Declan O’Carroll, who had been a leading figure on the practice’s ongoing works around Broadgate.