This is a comprehensive redevelopment of a significant site adjacent to the City of London Planning Department; providing 350,000sq ft gross floor area and to be occupied on a long lease by the German merchant bank WestLB.
An open space has been created with a fountain, grassed areas and seating, overlooked by a café to the north that animates the new ‘City Square’ and general public realm.
The design responds to the smaller scale of the adjoining buildings by breaking the overall mass into three distinct building forms on each of the two principal elevations. To unify these elements both the principal facades are constructed in Portland stone, designed to emphasise the building structure and provide deep reveals for the window system.
The building has nine storeys of office space, three of which have been designed to accommodate up to 1,800 Dealers. A central atrium extends from a double height main entrance hall and provides daylight to the heart of the building on all floors. A second entrance for the bank staff includes escalators to provide a direct link to each of the Dealer floors. The Entrance Hall is constructed in a mixture of Limestone and slate that reflects the use of natural stone on the building exterior.
MEPC UK Ltd