45 Cannon Street / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
45 Cannon Street  Morgan Capital / AOG Real Estate

45 Cannon Street is a commercial redevelopment on an important site in the City of London where the medieval street pattern of Bow Lane meets the Victorian crossroads of Cannon and Queen Victoria Streets. The form of the building is shaped by its townscape setting and works by Wren of exceptional significance: St Pauls Cathedral, St Mary-le-Bow to the north and St Mary Aldermary across the street.

The design draws upon the character of the surrounding area, creating polygon shapes to reflect the geometry formed by the diagonal intervention of Queen Victoria and Cannon Street, fused with the historic grid of the conservation area to the north. The views of St Paul’s and the other churches are improved while a series of roof terraces and glass pavilions offer panoramic views of the surrounding skyline.

The dense street pattern of lanes, alleys and courts of the Bow Lane Conservation Area are recreated with the formation of Salters Court which provides permeability, resolves the complicated levels and engages the surrounding dominantly pedestrian friendly and vibrant public realm. Expanding the retail frontage on Bow Lane supports its special character with new high quality shop fronts facing the church yard of St Mary Aldermary.

Internally the large floor plates are wrapped around a central core providing uninterrupted office space drenched with day light, including the toilets overlooking Salters Court, and unparalleled views of the city.