We are delighted to be shortlisted for the BCO Awards with our project at One New Ludgate.
The design aim for One New Ludgate specifically was to create a contemporary building which would fit naturally into its surroundings, referencing the scale, style and materials of nearby City buildings. The design emulates the planning efficiency of rectangular blocks with an organic shape sympathetic to its position on the important Processional Route up to St Paul’s Cathedral.
One New Ludgate sits on a site redolent with history. From here, the 17th Century Belle Sauvage coaching inn welcomed or saw off numerous fictional and real travellers, including Pocahontas. The new building respects the viewing constraints of St Paul’s, opening up the views and reinstating the historic curve to Ludgate Hill as the processional route to the western façade of St Paul’s.
Around the site, street lines, grades and views have been repaired and improved. Trees are placed on the enlarged, generous pavement of Limeburner Lane while a new public route has been established running along the north side linking an existing pedestrian route to a new public space with a new mature tree.
The building itself comprises nine storeys of flexible modern office workspace plus ground floor retail. It is animated by restaurants and retail outlets under fixed white glass awnings. The new office entrance, marked with two white revolving door cylinders is positioned on the prominent corner opposite the Thameslink station. The entrance leads to a large double height reception in marble and limestone with a bespoke art commission by Nika Neelova which delivers an expression of welcome light and space.
One New Ludgate features extensive outdoor spaces at high levels, from the loggia with its unique view of St Paul’s at level 7, to the intimate enclosed open light well at level 2 and the stunning open terrace with its break out spaces at level 5. The latter is capable of accommodating 300 people.
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