The assessors were encouraged by the quality and variety of projects that they visited this year. At London Wall Place they commented on the opening up of public space and the close collaboration with the City of London and with the Salters’ Company, whose building’s south facade is strikingly revealed by the new layout. The landscaping is elegantly done and the new Cor-Ten walkways provide key connections with the Barbican and the City to the south of London Wall. The building has greatly improved the north side of London Wall and the vista looking towards Alban Gate. The floor plan is ‘ruthlessly efficient’ ; the building has been very successful commercially, attracting the bankers Schroders as well as a number of law firms.
The assessors agreed that 1 King William Street was very well done, a simple solution with excellent integration of old and new. This is a first class refurbishment, well knitted into the city, well detailed with excellent brickwork. The building addresses St Swithin’s lane with appropriate variety and humility.
The assessors felt it was very difficult to compare any of the submissions with the Bloomberg Building which is a very bespoke building on which no expense has been spared. The results are worth the investment, with high quality workspace, BREEAM outstanding certification and a cafe area that has the feel of a grand public space. The building meets all the key criteria for the City of London Building of the year: it is of world class quality, it supports the City’s ambitions as a global business hub and it addresses the surrounding City in a most positive way – an undisputed winner!
Fen Court by Eric Parry Architects
15 Bishopsgate by Stiff Trevillion
One Poultry by Buckley Grey Yeomann
Stephen Wagstaffe, Master
Harry Badham, Axa
Gareth Roberts, British Land
Chris Dyson, Chris Dyson Architects and Court Assistant
Peter Murray, Deputy Master