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Sheppard Robson scoops planning for Royal Mint Court redevelopment

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Sheppard Robson and Morrow + Lorraine have won planning for the redevelopment of London’s Royal Mint Court site

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The scheme will see the 5.2 acre site next to the Tower of London transformed into a mixed-use commercial-led campus of five buildings providing offices, shops and public realm improvements.

Sheppard Robson are working on the main 55,740m2 development while Morrow + Lorraine has been appointed revamp the site’s grade II*-listed Johnson Smirke building, which was once the home of the Royal Mint.

The office scheme, which includes flexible floor plates to appeal to a range of different occupiers, will see two connected buildings on the site – originally built by Sheppard Robson in the eighties – remodelled and refurbished.

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.

Royal Mint Court redevelopment by Sheppard Robson with Morrow + Lorraine

Royal Mint Court redevelopment by Sheppard Robson with Morrow + Lorraine

Architect’s view

Due to the scale of the site, Sheppard Robson’s starting point for the masterplan was to make the development fully accessible and to reinstate the historic setting of the Johnson Smirke centrepiece, which once resolved, guided the composition of the individual buildings and surrounding public spaces.

The masterplan for the project sought to open up the site, with two core routes designed by Sheppard Robson; these run from north-to-south and east-to-west, with the latter framing views of the Tower of London and into the heart of the development. A new route will also be created to connect St Katharine Docks with Aldgate and beyond, providing step-free access from Tower Hill Underground to the residential neighbourhoods in the east. 

Royal Mint Court redevelopment by Sheppard Robson with Morrow + Lorraine

Royal Mint Court redevelopment by Sheppard Robson with Morrow + Lorraine

Project data

Location London
Type of project mixed-use
Architects Sheppard Robson with Morrow + Lorraine
Landscape architect Martha Schwartz
Area 55,740m²
Sustainability target BREEAM Excellent

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