One Wood Street / Fletcher Priest Architects / london + köln + riga | fletcherpriest
One Wood Street  Landsec

Located at the junction of Wood Street and Cheapside, opposite the oldest tree in the City, One Wood Street was completed in 2007 and pre-let to Eversheds, one of the world’s largest law firms, as their headquarters. Cheapside is also the City’s historic high street and its shop units were quickly taken by leading retailers.

The facades and massing respond to the site. A formal Portland stone frontage punctuated by deep-set glazing to emphasise solidity when viewed obliquely along Cheapside. Milk Street, Wood Street and the new pedestrian route that links the two are part of the surviving network of lanes, alleys and courts. New elevations that follow the curving streets are of metal and glass, with an adjustable cladding grid of aluminium brise soleil. With its uninterrupted views of St Paul’s, the roof garden is designed as a replacement breeding and foraging habitat for the endangered black redstart.

The public realm includes a new landscaped pocket square that is positioned to catch sunlight at mid-day, adding to the network of much used public spaces in the Square Mile.