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This project - which will be McAslan's first completed building in the City of London - is on a site that has been occupied by the Salvation Army since 1881. The Army's original block was destroyed in the Blitz and an undistinguished building was erected on the site in 1963. McAslan replaces this with a striking new design in steel and glass, the form of which derives from its sensitive location close to St Paul's Cathedral, and which is supported by both the City and the Royal Fine Art Commission. The key organisational principle is the use of full-height internal streets that extend north-south throughout the building, in reference to the lost historic street pattern that extended from St Paul's to the river. The result is that the building reads as a series of linked pavilions. The site is, fortuitously, on an important future route from the cathedral to the new Bankside Tate via the Millennium footbridge, which the new building's west flank will adjoin, as will be a proposed new visitor centre being designed by McAslan and his collaborators on the office project, with exhibition design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

Client: Salvation Army

Architect: John McAslan & Partners: Martin Harris, Martin Hopp, Hannah Lawson, Martin Markcrow, John McAslan

Multi-disciplinary engineer: Ove Arup & Partners

Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon & Everest

Development consultant: Healey & Baker

Town planning consultant: Montagu Evans

Museum Design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Area: 18,000m2

Programme: 1998 onwards

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