Jean Nouvel’s first permanent project in the UK, the £500 million One New Change shopping centre threw open its doors to the public today
The controversial scheme, opposed by the Prince of Wales, is the Square Mile’s largest shopping centre, employing an ‘under the radar’ geometric design in response to the St Paul’s grid height-line restrictions.
Dubbed the ‘stealth bomber’, the 51,000m² mixed-use project for Land Securities features offices, restaurants and retail space organised around a central hub. Retail units are arranged across the bottom three floors, with offices on the upper levels. There is also public access to the roof along a series of stepped terraces.
Directly opposite St. Pauls Cathedral, the eighth floor roof terrace is claimed to provide ‘never-before-seen close up views of St. Pauls’.
The scheme’s unitised glass panel-cladding varies with response to the local context, echoing the surrounding stone and brick facades.
One New Change aims to save around 900 tonnes of CO2 annually through use of a large scale ground source heating and cooling system and as a result, has received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
This is Nouvel’s first permanent building in the UK and follows up from his bright red Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens.