8 Finsbury Circus
Following a design competition in 2011, WilkinsonEyre was appointed for the redevelopment of River Plate House in Finsbury Circus, working to the client’s overall vision for an ‘exemplary’ new office building for this historic City site adjacent to the listed Britannic House by Edwin Lutyens, with access from both Finsbury Circus and South Place.
The new building provides 15,000m² of grade A, flexible office space with ground floor retail. The redevelopment includes the construction of new contemporary Portland Stone façades and the retention of a portion of the north façade dating from the 1920s.
WilkinsonEyre’s proposals maximise the full development potential of the extremely constrained site, whilst respecting the surrounding listed buildings. Entrances on both the north and south provide access to a generous lobby that runs through the length of the ground floor anticipating the change in the movement of office workers to the building following the opening of new ticket halls at Liverpool Street and Moorgate for Crossrail in 2018, also designed by WilkinsonEyre.
Contributed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Photo © Dirk Lindner Photography 2016
Client: Mitsubishi / Stanhope
Services Engineer: WSP
Structural Engineer: Watermans
Gross internal area: 22,796m²
Net internal area: 15,692m²
BREEAM rating: Excellent 2011 (Target)
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