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Hopkins wins approval for latest phase of Broadgate revamp

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Hopkins Architects has won planning permission to refurbish and extend a major 1980s building at Broadgate, London

Backed by developer British Land and Singapore government wealth fund GIC, the detailed application for 100 Liverpool Street was approved by the City of London Corporation earlier today (12 May).

The scheme will add 16,369m2 of office floorspace to the existing 1988 Arup Assoicates building which currently provides 51,934m2 of office and retail space.

The plans, which will see the building stripped back to its frame and three new floors plus a new façade added, were ‘strongly’ opposed by the Twentieth Century Society.

The conservation group claimed the proposed ‘refurbishment’ would ‘result in a new building that is completely unrecognizable in its current form’ and would effectively ‘result in the loss of the existing building’.

However, 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 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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