The first images have been released of British Land’s plans for Broadgate, which include a 14-storey building designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The contentious proposals, which went out to public consultation last week, include visions for the surrounding area and a major new shopping arcade linking the site to the neighbouring 100 Liverpool Street development and Liverpool Street Station.
During the summer, landowner British Land applied for a new certificate of immunity (COI) for the existing buildings in the south-west corner of the 1980s London office complex, following the expiry of a previous certificate earlier this year.
Historic England (then English Heritage) had recommended Broadgate Square, including the surrounding Arup Associates’ structures, for Grade II* listing in 2011 when the developer asked for immunity certificates for numbers 3,4 and 6 Broadgate.
However, the heritage organisation’s pleas were ignored and British Land was handed COIs for all three buildings, paving the way for both Make’s £460 million Five Broadgate (which replaced 4 and 6 Broadgate) and Orms’ soon-to-complete overhaul of 3 Broadgate – an unusual cylindrical building in the heart of the estate.
The developer subsequently asked for certificates for numbers 1-2 and 8-12 Broadgate, 100 Liverpool Street and the Octagon Arcade. Immunity from listing for those blocks was granted in early 2013 but expired in January 2018.
It is understood Historic England’s latest advice on the whether to grant a second immunity from listing certificate will land on the culture minister’s desk this week.
1 2 broadgate richard waite august 2018
The Twentieth Century Society has already registered opposition to the COI and says it supports listing ‘as we have done consistently since this first came up as a possible listing case’.
It added: ‘We again hope that Historic England’s advice will be to recommend listing, and we will be very disappointed if Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) again chooses to ignore this advice, especially in light of the considerable losses that have occurred since the last COI was issued.
Historic England said it would not comment on what its latest advice to government had been until the DCMS had made its final decision.
British Land is working with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) on the 65,000m² proposal, which is expected to be submitted for planning this summer.
Explaining its plans, a spokesperson from British Land said the team had asked AHMM to look at options for how ‘to create new connections through the campus, improving permeability and activating the public realm’.
A spokesperson said: ‘Our proposals, which have been the subject of a recent public consultation, provide flexibility to redevelop the existing buildings, as Broadgate continues to respond to changing customer requirements and the significant investment in Crossrail, which will bring more people to the neighbourhood.
‘[We have] a long-term plan to invest in Broadgate and its distinctive public spaces, building on the strengths of the original masterplan, to create a world-class, seven-day, mixed-use, central London destination.’
Extract from 1-2 Broadgate EIA Scoping Report
The proposed redevelopment of the site will involve the demolition of the existing building and construction of a ground plus 13-storey building (reaching approximately 74.5m above ordnance datum (AOD) to deliver a new mixed-use building, comprising a mixture of retail, leisure and ‘competitive socialising’ uses (use classes A1/A3/A4/D2/sui generis) uses at lower levels (LG-2nd floor) with office (Use Class B1) on the upper floor levels (3rd-12th Floor). The existing basement level on site will be expanded to cover the same footprint of the proposed building and will be deepened.