We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for the refurbishment of 135 Bishopsgate, one of three buildings that comprise SOM’s Bishopsgate Exchange on the eastern edge of British Land’s Broadgate campus. Fletcher Priest has a long-standing association with Broadgate, having developed the outline masterplan in the 1990s, and is excited to be continuing to work on such a prestigious site.
The proposals will see the original 1990s office building’s retail floor space expanded and enhanced, a particular focus for the building’s owners, British Land and GIC, given its location within one of the City’s principal shopping centres. To support these improvements, a series of crafted, sculptural elements will be introduced, intended to highlight the development at the site whilst respecting the strong character of the original building, and minimising destructive interventions on the existing façade. The building’s office floor plates will also be significantly refurbished, along with landscaped terraces to improve user amenity and wellbeing.
In addition to these interventions to the building, the scheme will also see changes to the streetscape to significantly improve access to 135 and provide a better quality of public realm for this important City thoroughfare.