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Fletcher Priest wins planning for City office refurb

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AJ120 practice Fletcher Priest has won the go-ahead to refurbish a 1990s office building in the City of London

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The existing eight-storey postmodern building, which sits between Bank and St Paul’s, will be completely refurbished and extended with a rooftop pavilion.

The 15,425m² scheme includes a new entrance and reception, remodelled cores and new composite stone-clad facades to the south, west and north.

Existing rooftop plant will be removed to create new terraces at levels seven and nine.

The project is set to complete at the end of 2017.

Architect’s view

Located approximately 100m from the Guildhall and a few minutes’ walk from the Bank of England, the original building, constructed in 1991, comprised eight storeys of tired, postmodern design which detracted from the typical building quality in Gresham Street.

The exterior façades will be re-clad in composite stone, drawing inspiration from both the immediate built context and the wider history of the site. Inset glazed panels set within the elegant stone framework will be crafted from metal and glass which references the surrounding Guild Halls and typifies the importance and history of craftsmanship in this part of London.

55 Gresham Street by Fletcher Priest

55 Gresham Street by Fletcher Priest

Project data

Location Gresham Street, St Pauls, London
Type of project commercial refurbishment
Client Beltane Asset Management
Architect Fletcher Priest Architects
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer Waterman Structures
M&E consultant Waterman Building Services
Start on site date mid-2016
Completion date 2018
Gross internal floor area 15,425m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost confidential

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