Mixed-use development within the City of London consisting of 6,000m² of office space over eight stories, with 1,020m² retail at ground and basement levels. The site is in the Bank Conservation Area and has three frontages: Old Jewry, Poultry and Grocers’ Hall Court.
The building, in keeping with the traditional streetscape, is clad mainly in Portland Stone. The concept is to provide three interlocking ‘blocks’ of stone, each relating to the scale and geometry of one of the three street frontages. The differentiation of each block is enhanced by a varying depth of reveal in the fenestration on each, decreasing from 400mm on Old Jewry to 200mm on Poultry to a flush treatment on Grocers’ Hall Court. The intention is to give the impression that the building is carved from a single piece of stone.
An innovative fire-engineered single core solution enables a simple plan arrangement, which has provided tenants with a flexible, unobstructed and highly efficient floorplate. Solar shading provided by bronzed louvres, coupled with the depth of the façade reveals and the use of high performance glazing, create an efficient building environment to Grade A specifications. Four bas reliefs, designed by Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe, retained from the façade of the original building and carefully restored, are exhibited in the office reception area, accessed from Old Jewry.