55 Gresham Street / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
55 Gresham Street  Beltane Asset Management

55 Gresham Street is a high-quality refurbishment of an existing office building located near Guildhall and a few minutes’ walk from the Bank of England. The site occupies a prominent corner on the north-east junction of Gresham Street and Wood Street, providing superb accommodation for Investec, who signed up to lease the whole building before completion.

The location, in an area of the City where many of London’s Livery Companies relocated after the Great Fire, has influenced the development of the site, with its heritage acknowledged and celebrated through the design and choice of materials. The façade, for example, has been re-clad in materials appropriate to the area’s historic built form. Within the elegant masonry framework, inset panels have been crafted from cast metal and glass to reference the history of Guilds in the area. A number of cast metal grasshoppers are embedded into the architecture paying homage to the influential 17th Century financier and founder of the royal exchange, Sir Thomas Gresham, whom the street is named after. The grasshopper can be found on his family crest.

The existing eight-storey building has been fully refurbished and extended, with the structure retained. The scheme includes a new and more prominent corner entrance and reception, remodelled cores, new services, and new façades. Floor space has been increased by 40% and new terraces are provided at levels seven and nine. A new glazed pavilion replaces plant on the roof, providing fantastic views of the surrounding City skyline for Investec’s employees and their clients to enjoy.