Plans by Fletcher Priest for the overhaul of SOM’s ’defensive’ 135 Bishopsgate on the 1980s Broadgate office campus have been approved by the City of London
Backed by British Land and GIC, the plans involve refurbishing the interior of the 29-year-old block, improving the connectivity with the street and installing terraces and green spaces on the upper levels.
An extra 3,500m² of shops is included, however there is no proposed overall increase in the size of the original Postmodern building.
The office block is one of a trio of buildings completed in Broadgate by SOM in 1988, alongside 155 and 175 Bishopsgate, which form a 274-metre continuous, ’monumental’ frontage along the road near Liverpool Street Station.
The revamp is part of the wider, ongoing transformation of Broadgate, with which Fletcher Priest has a long-standing association having developed the outline masterplan for this part of the campus in the 1990s.
Speaking when the latest refurbishment plans were submitted in April, Luke Ritson, an associate at Fletcher Priest, said: ’The key for us has been creating a new eastern gateway to Broadgate as a development. […] It’s quite a defensive environment, particularly the Bishopsgate edge.
’We’re looking to open that out to people as much we can, improve the relationship to the streetscape, [and create] a new public realm using relatively focused interventions to create maximum impact for the environment immediately around Liverpool Street.
He added: ’We’ve tried to take an additive approach, we’re trying not to materially effect the building.
’You very rarely read all three parts of the composition at one time. So we’ve designed the elevation to be a relatively minimal intervention and non-destructive. So, by treating the internal faces rather than the front of them, we get this idea of focused intervention. ’