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BuckleyGrayYeoman wins go-ahead for Square Mile office block revamp

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London-based BuckleyGrayYeoman has been given the go-ahead to refurbish an office block in the City 

The practice will also extend the building in 77 Coleman Street in the City of London.

It will extend Nun Court to connect Coleman Street and Moorgate, thereby creating a new ’public street’.

BuckleyGrayYeoman won the 7611m² project, for Kajima properties, through an architectural competition, beating John Robertson Architects and ORMS.

Plans include 1,261m² of retail and leisure space, as well as a two-storey roof extension.

BuckleyGrayYeoman director Paul White said: ‘77 Coleman Street will provide exemplary commercial office space whilst also reinvigorating the area at street level with an engaging retail and leisure offer.

‘The extension of Nun Court is a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to the public realm in this part of the city, which will soon benefit from the arrival of Crossrail, creating a valuable pedestrian route by extending a historic city court.’

The refurbishment is expected to be completed by 2019.

Last week, BuckleyGrayYeoman became the latest practice to reveal plans for the redevelopment of South Kensington tube station in west London.

Architect’s view

The retained structure of the existing building dictated the design of the facade. The Moorgate facade is clad in light stone and the Coleman Street elevation in brick. Stone sill details and a two-storey stone base help ground the building, and reflect the mixture of building materials in the immediate context. The overall facade design approach aims to remain appropriate to the Bank Conservation Area while providing contemporary office space in the City.

Project data

Client Kajima Properties
Architect BuckleyGrayYeoman
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
M&E consultant GDM Partnership
Quantity surveyor Exigere

 

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