We were approached by Jones Lang La Salle acting on behalf of Scottish Widows plc, who owned two buildings forming part of the east side of the square. One was an unloved 1960s, the other a late 1920s locally listed and well-detailed ex-bank. The project is in a Conservation Area and required the demolition of a locally listed 1920s structure. Our design evolved from a study of the urban setting, including the use of the public square.
30 Finsbury Square creates an optimal internal office arrangement for flexible office with uninterrupted floorplates and no internal columns. The elevations are a unique system developed for the project with load-bearing limestone piers supporting a precast perimeter beam and the internal steel beams. The depth of the façade provides additional solar shading which asserts the energy conservation strategy. The building won an RIBA award, AIA/UK Design Excellence Award, a commendation from the British Council for Offices, and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2003.
RIBA Regional Award 2003
AIA Design Excellence Award 2003
BCIA Awards High Commendation - Building Category 2003
BCO Awards Commendation - Commercial Workplace 2003
RIBA Awards Shortlisted for Stirling Prize 2003
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