• 30 Finsbury Square, London
  • 30 Finsbury Square, London
  • 30 Finsbury Square, London

30 Finsbury Square

Eric Parry Architects was appointed by Scottish Widows to develop and achieve planning approval for a new office development in this prestigious square. The square was laid out in the 18th century as a residential square but, due to its location, it became an important commercial centre close to the City of London in the 20th century. The project is in a Conservation Area and the project team carefully considered the conservation issues and design, with public consultations with the local authority and local forum groups.

The elevations are innovative, with load bearing limestone piers supporting the internal steel beams. The depth of the façade provides additional solar shading which asserts the energy conservation strategy. The elevational treatment also responds to the urban setting from the articulated west facing square to the tighter rear street. The design evolved from a study of urban setting and fabric, including the use of the public square. The project creates the best internal office arrangement for flexible office use with no internal columns.

The building has won an RIBA award, AIA/UK Design Excellence Award, a commendation from the British Council for Offices, and was shortlisted for the 2003 Stirling Prize.

“If there is one office building that has spawned imitators, it is the heavy, stately façade of Eric Parry’s 30 Finsbury Square office in the City of London, a triumph in claiming a civic aspiration for a commercial building. It takes its place as the best building of any era on Finsbury Square.”
Kieran Long, The Architects’ Journal



  • Project name: 30 Finsbury Square
  • Client: Scottish Widows plc
  • Location: London
  • Completion Date: 2002


  • RIBA London Award - Winner (2003)
  • Stirling Prize - Shortlisted (2003)
  • British Council of Offices Awards - Winner (2003)
  • British Construction Industry Awards - Winner (2003)
  • American Institute of Architects, UK London - Winner (2003)