'Behind the Scenes': 21 Moorfield
Thursday, 26 May 18:00
Join Giles Martin, WilkinsonEyre; Steve Pyatt, Sir Robert McAlpine; and David Seel, Robert Bird Group, to explore this ambitious project.
The arrival of Crossrail has been a catalyst for the regeneration of the Moorgate area, and 21 Moorfields – located directly above an existing London Underground station and a future Crossrail ticket hall – offers a major commercial opportunity. WilkinsonEyre was commissioned in 2012 to develop design concepts for this important site.
The development covers approximately 564,000ft² and will become the new London headquarters for Deutsche Bank, incorporating high-quality retail and commercial office space, improved pedestrian permeability via a reconfigured Highwalk and a new public square with retail and improved landscaping.
The development is arranged as two office buildings, east and west, related but unique in their architectural language and connected by a podium level. The public realm has been carefully considered to ensure permeability through the site from all entry points.
The existing site presented a number of constraints above and below ground, including proximity to listed buildings and conservation areas with restrictive view corridors, and the London Underground network below limiting space for the new foundations for the development. The structural complexities of the site are reflected and celebrated in the east building's façade as large steel trusses.
Architectural Arguments: Planning, Preservation and Criticism in the City
Wednesday, 8 June, 17:30
Join architectural historian Matthew Lloyd Roberts and City of London Tour Guide Clwyd Roberts for a tour exploring the historic debates and public disagreements over planning and architecture that have shaped the London's streetscape. From Peter Palumbo's abandoned proposals to build a Mies van der Rohe skyscraper on Number One Poultry, to 18th century arguments about whether St Paul's Cathedral is actually a beautiful building, the tour will cover three centuries of architectural criticism, planning and debate to understand how legal, aesthetic and critical judgments in the public sphere have come to shape the look and feel of our towns and cities.
Matthew Lloyd Roberts is an architectural historian and PhD candidate at Downing College, Cambridge. He produces the podcast About Buildings and Cities and hosts the podcast Architectural History for the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. His writing on architecture and culture can be found in Tribune, Failed Architecture, Engelsberg Ideas and The Critic.
Behind the Scenes : The Gilbert
Wednesday, 22 June, 08:30
The Gilbert & One Lackington, constructed in 1930 by Frederick Gould and Giles Gilbert Scott, was built as a Member’s Club and formed a campus of three inter-connected heritage buildings on Finsbury Square - striking in looks but never designed for use as offices, they have now been redeveloped as all encompassing work and social spaces.
Key to reimaging the building for contemporary and future-proofed office space was to rationalise the internal organisation creating separate and stand alone buildings with well-being and access to external space driving design choices. Also, to improve circulation linking the buildings by repurposing the servicing courtyard into a ‘Green Heart’.
The restored buildings now embrace the charming character and quality of the original structures whilst delivering grade A office space comparable with contemporary offerings.
Join Dan Campbell (Stiff + Trevillion); Dean Manning and Pragya Adukia (Brookfield Properties) to explore the story the building has to tell.
Photo © Andy Stagg
Details will be released in due course
15 November - City Architecture Forum Annual Dinner
Join Forum members and their guests at the highlight event of the year where we will hear from one of the City's leading lights.