AJ100 big-hitter Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won approval for a ‘light touch’ overhaul of the Grade II-listed 1 Finsbury Avenue building within the City of London’s Broadgate campus
The practice was brought into replace Arup Associates last year after developer and landowner British Land had a change of heart, opting for a ‘more cost-effective refurbishment’ instead of a major revamp of the 1984 block.
Arup Associates submitted plans in summer 2015 (see AJ 17.07.15) for a major makeover and extension of the building – a steel-framed, eight storey office development which the practice had originally designed more than 30 years ago.
That scheme would have added two extra floors to the building. However AHMM’s revised application design is described by insiders as a less costly interior refurbishment which will create more space for shops and leisure uses.
The reworked proposal is also expected to complete quicker than was envisaged under Arup Associates’ original plans.
A spokesperson for British Land said: ’The revised approach facilitates a lighter touch refurbishment, without the additional floors previously proposed. It enables the building to be delivered to the market at the earlier date of Q1 2019 and brings a different kind of space to Broadgate.
‘The revised interior refurbishment adds significantly more retail and leisure uses, as well as animation of the public spaces and is part of a wider strategic plan being implemented at Broadgate in response to the broader range of businesses wanting space at the 30 acre campus.’
Meanwhile it is understood Arup Associates is continuing to work on its plans for a skyscraper to replace the neighbouring 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue buildings - both of which were granted immunity-from-listing certificates in 2015 (see AJ 11.11.15).
However plans have yet to be formally submitted.