22 Bishopsgate, designed by PLP Architecture for AXA IM – Real Assets and Lipton Rogers Developments, is the tallest tower at the heart of the City of London’s financial district. Shaped to respect townscape views, its twenty-three-sided, faceted glass form makes a strong and serene backdrop to the surrounding articulated towers and to the historic fabric of the Bank of England Conservation Area.
The recently opened One Bishopsgate Plaza marks the completion of a mixed-use masterplan that originated with the adjacent Heron Tower to the south. The masterplan envisioned a new City of London, moving away from the mono-culture of the office towards a rich aggregate of different uses that brings together hospitality, residential, amenity spaces, new types of retail as well as innovative public realm and place making.
This new office building sits within our new Bankside Yards Master Plan, which is creating a significant new destination quarter on the River Thames in South London. As one of two new workplace environments on the site, it rethinks the site of an outdated office block at the intersection of two key roads and will form one of the district’s main gateways. Its ground floor has been pulled back to accommodate a generous new public realm through which people can pass while entering the district under the arches of an elevated historic railway.
Located along the South Bank of the Thames, this master plan will create a significant destination quarter and gateway for the borough of Southwark. The project reinvigorates a large and under-utilised site between Blackfriars Bridge and the Tate Modern museum, replacing two divisive blocks on either side of the mainline railway running north-south through London.
Following a successful competition submission, we were commissioned to design the interior and develop the exterior for Sky’s flagship new main building at their West London campus.
The Francis Crick Institute is an extraordinary example of collaborative work in science today. A consortium of six of the UK’s largest organisations for biomedical research, the Institute brings together multidisciplinary groups of researchers including biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians to develop ground-breaking research for the improvement of human health. To house this centre, we devised a building that operates both as a complex laboratory as well as a place for collaboration and exchange.
Number 4 Cannon Street is situated between three listed buildings of extremely high quality. To the east sits Bracken House, Sir Albert Richardson’s eccentric exemplar of modern classicism and one of the City’s best post-war buildings. To the south is St Nicholas Cole Abbey by Christopher Wren, the first of London’s spires to be rebuilt after the great fire and now used as an evangelical workplace ministry with a popular daytime café in the nave. Directly to the north is St Paul’s Cathedral and Festival Gardens. Perhaps more than any other building we have completed, our spatial and material design approach has been directly informed by its adjacencies – not only as a setting for Wren’s landmark cathedral, but in relationship to its other neighbours and public spaces.
Former office building, 33 Grosvenor Place in London, has been transformed into healthcare provider Cleveland Clinic’s first European hospital.
Located adjacent to Hyde Park in London, Queensway Residences sets a new benchmark for prime residential development in the heart of the city.
This ten-storey residential scheme in the Strand Conservation Area in Westminster will replace a vacant 1960s concrete office building on an island site surrounded by important institutional buildings including the Royal Courts of Justice, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the London School of Economics and Political Science. The scheme includes 230 apartments including studios, one-, two- and three-bed apartments, two penthouses, amenities for residents, and a landscaped courtyard providing communal amenity and an attractive outlook from the apartments.