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Hopkins submits plans for latest Broadgate revamp

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Hopkins Architects has revealed plans to refurbish and extend a major 1980s building at Broadgate, London

A detailed planning application backed by developer British Land and Singapore government wealth fund GIC has been lodged with the City of London Corporation.

If approved, the scheme would add 16,369m2 of office space to the existing building at 100 Liverpool Street, which currently provides 51,934m2 of office and retail.

The site was originally two separate buildings completed as part of phase three of the Broadgate development by Arup Associates in 1988, but were later amalgamated into one.

Michael Taylor, senior partner at Hopkins, said the scheme would create ‘the highest quality office space alongside a dramatically improved retail offer and public realm’.

The building will be stripped back to its frame with three new floors and a new façade added.

It will also see a new ninth floor restaurant with external terracing.

The existing building on the site currently employs approximately 3,300 employees, and the changes will allow more than 6,000 to work there.

British Land decided to refurbish the structure after a study concluded that demolition and rebuild would be made more difficult by the shape of the site, along with the presence of a nearby bus station, a shopping centre and the pedestrian route to Liverpool Street Station.

The planning statement submitted with the application said: “The proposed façade was developed through detailed façade studies and the final design takes inspiration from the buildings on the opposite side of Liverpool Street and around Finsbury Circus.

“The façade will gently curve to cover the existing structure and the various existing protuberances to provide the building with the appearance of a new building, albeit one that is related to its surrounding context.”

Tim Roberts, head of offices at British Land, said: ‘The demands on this area of the City are changing with the regeneration of nearby Shoreditch and we are focused on evolving the Broadgate campus to match these needs.’

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