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Sheppard Robson and Morrow + Lorraine scoop Royal Mint Court job

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AJ120 big hitter Sheppard Robson and Morrow + Lorraine have been appointed to work on the redevelopment of London’s Royal Mint Court site

The scheme will see the 5.5 acre site next to the Tower of London transformed into a mixed-use commercial-led development.

Initial feasibility studies for the scheme have been worked on by Sheppard Robson and include the refurbishment of two connected office buildings. Known as Murray and Dexter House these were originally designed by theAJ120 firm in the 1980s.

The project also includes refurbishing and extending the Registry Building next to the scheme’s main entrance alongside improving the public realm.

As part of the development Morrow + Lorraine are set to work on the site’s grade II*-listed Johnson Smirke Building, which was once the home of the Royal Mint.

The Royal Mint moved from the site on the edge of the city in 1968 when it relocated all its operations to Llantrisant in Wales.

David Ardill, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: ‘The more we analyse the site and its layers of history, the more interesting the project becomes. We are delighted to be working on a scheme that is not just about creating high-quality buildings, but also defining how they address their urban context. It is exciting to be part of such a unique opportunity with the potential to unlock such a large area of the urban fabric of central London.’

JJ Lorraine, founding director at Morrow + Lorraine, added: ‘The chance to resuscitate the Johnson Smirke Building, the centrepiece of this historic site is a perfect commission for the practice. Sheppard Robson, DV4, Delancey and the LRC Group share our ambition to bring to life a building that enjoys a unique place in London’s rich history and to create something extraordinarily good.’

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