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London Wall Place

by Make Architects

Client London Wall Place (Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties Joint Venture)
Awards
RIBA London Award 2019

© Martina Ferrera

Located on a site of significant historic importance in the City of London, the two buildings at 1 and 2 London Wall Place are successful in their own right, with the use of pale concrete panels and dark blue glazed ceramic tiles which, the architect explains is influenced by the knapped Kent flint of the site’s Roman and Saxon ruins. The elevations are a composed of stepped narrow bays of these light and dark materials which provide elegant proportions. The jurors were invited into 1 London Wall Place, which is purpose-built for asset managers Schroders and which is a clean, rigorous and flexible office building with column free interiors, offering several private external roof gardens and terraces.

The most impressive architectural element, however, and the one which cemented the jury´s decision was the very successful public realm. By creating two separate buildings rather than a megastructure, the ground level is opened up to offer views and public access to the St Alphage Church’s Medieval ruins, London Wall, Salters Hall and the Barbican. A series of publicly accessible elevated walkways link London Wall to the Barbican and the new public park made up of landscaped gardens.

It takes a brave developer and determined architect to achieve what has been achieved here. It would have been easier and would have created more lettable square metres to reuse the pre-existing building footprint, with an unbroken façade, stretching along London Wall, blocking out public access and views. The original developers were Hammerson who ran an architectural competition and selected Make. The site was later sold to a joint venture between Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties, who delivered the project.

Internal Area 45,500 m²

Contractor Multiplex

Structural Engineer WSP

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant Gardiner and Theobold

Environmental / M&E Engineer Hurley Palmer Flatt

Landscape Architect SpaceHub

Interior Design TP Bennett

Lighting Design Studio Fractal

Project Management Gardiner and Theobold

Acoustic Engineer WSP

Heritage Consultant Alan Beastall

Planning Consultant DP9

© Martina Ferrera
© Martina Ferrera
© Hufton + Crow
© London Wall Place Partnership
© Make Architects
© Make Architects
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