Buckley Gray Yeoman has submitted plans to revamp the iconic No 1 Poultry in the City of London designed by James Stirling and Michael Wilford & Partners
The proposals for the 1997 post-modern landmark will overhaul the existing shop fronts, create a new entrance to the offices and increase the amount of light which reaches the first and second floors.
A spokesman for project backer Wood Grafton One Sarl, an arm of boutique investment firm Perella Weinberg Partners, said: ‘From the occupiers’ perspectives, [the building] suffers from a few shortcomings, which some architectural commentators have argued exist because Stirling was unable to revise and refine the designs for the building due to his untimely death.
‘To address the occupiers’ concerns [we] propose a small number of enhancements to the building to improve its efficiency and create a more impressive office entrance that is demanded by today’s occupiers’.
He added: ‘[We] recognise the architectural significance of No1 Poultry. The proposed changes… address its practical inefficiencies in a way that is in keeping with a building of its status, and without compromising its key design elements.’
The proposals at a glance:
- Moving the glazing line of the ground-floor shops forward to the portico columns, allowing the ‘retail units to assert their presence on the street’
- Relocating the office entrance to Queen Victoria Street, creating an enlarged reception area and helping to reduce clashes with the entrance lifts to the Coq d’Argent restaurant
- Increasing the size of some windows and light-well openings at ground, first and second floor levels. Currently some windows overlooking Poultry and Queen Victoria Street ‘are misaligned with the portico column openings’, reducing natural light
Clad in pink and yellow limestone, the much-photographed block was built by developer Peter Palumbo and completed five years after architect Stirling’s death (1992).
The plans were submitted to the City of London Corporation this week.