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Arup Associates submits plans to revamp 1 Finsbury Avenue

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Plans have been submitted by Arup Associates to overhaul and expand its 1 Finsbury Avenue building within the City of London’s Broadgate campus

Built between 1982 to 1984, the block was one of 14 post-war offices buildings to be given grade II listed status by Historic England earlier this year (AJ 28.01.15).

All the buildings on the list were been given detailed descriptions, using new powers in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act in 2013 allowing changes to parts of listed buildings which are not considered of interest.

The refurbishment and extension project, which will create 28,000m² of office space and shops, will add two extra floors to the steel framed, eight storey block.

According to landowners British Land, the proposals ‘include the faithful restoration of the building’s existing façade, as well as a number of upgrades, bringing it into line with modern performance standards’.

The developer said: ‘These plans form an important part of our broader vision for Broadgate to create a vibrant, mixed-use environment, building on its location around Liverpool Street Station, a Crossrail station from 2018.

‘The demands on this area of the City are already changing, with the growth and regeneration to the north and east of the City, and we are focused on evolving the Broadgate campus to match these needs.’

Listed buildings [all grade II]

  • Brown Shipley, Moorgate, City of London, Fitzroy Robinson & Partners, 1973-5
  • 30 Cannon Street (formerly Credit Lyonnais), London, Whinney, Son & Austen Hall, 1974-7
  • 1 Finsbury Avenue, City of London, Arup Associates’ Group 2 led by Peter Foggo, 1982-4
  • Civil Aviation Authority House, (formerly Space House), Kingsway, Camden London, George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners, 1964-8
  • Mountbatten House (formerly Gateway House), Basingstoke, Arup Associates’ Group 2 led by Peter Foggo, 1974-76. The roof gardens at Mountbatten House have also been added to the Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade II
  • IBM Pilot Head Office, Cosham, Foster Associates, 1970-71
  • Gun Wharf (built as administrative headquarters for Lloyds of London, now civic headquarters for Medway Council), Chatham, Kent, Arup Associates, 1976-8
  • Former office of Ryder and Yates, Killingworth, Newcastle, Ryder and Yates, 1964-5
  • MEA House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Ryder and Yates, 1972-4
  • Bank House, King Street, Leeds, Building Design Partnership, 1969-71
  • Former Midland Bank, Dale Street, Liverpool, Raymond Fletcher of Bradshaw, Rowse & Harker, 1971
  • St James’s House, Frederick Street, Birmingham, John Madin, 1954-7
  • Alpha Tower, Birmingham, George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners, 1970-2
  • Former Central Electricity Generating Board Building (The Pavilions), Bristol, Arup Associates, 1975-8


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