The International Press Centre in London could soon be for the chop if Land Securities get their way.
The 60 metre tall tower was designed by Richard Seifert and built in 1972, one of the tallest buildings of the day in what is now known as London's Midtown. As well as the tower there is also an attached complex, including two public houses which could also be for the chop.
Although the tower is in reasonable condition for its age, the poor floor-to-floor heights, which translate into a floor to ceiling height of only 2.51 metres, make the renovation of the building into new high quality office space impossible. With its location, a conversion into residential space is out of the question.
The site sits about 250 metres to the south of Holborn Circus and near the existing New Street Square that Land Securities successfully developed up to 2008. As such the developer has named the project 1 New Street Square and brought in Robin Partington Architects to design them a new building.
The architects proposals feature a 30,080 square metre office building of sixteen floors plus ground and upper ground levels reaching a height of approximately 71 metres AGL. There will also be 540 square metres of ground floor retail space and basement parking, a new landscaped public area on the north west of the site, an underground reservoir for rainwater retention, and a subdivisible entrance lobby for multiple tenants.
In terms of building design, along Shoe Lane the building curves to respond to the area, whilst the building steps down to the south to reduce the visual impact on the views from Temple Gardens.
Nonetheless, the building will appear particularly prominent from Hungerford Bridge with the slanting roof giving it a noticeable profile on the immediate skyline and add to Land Securities growing collection of modern offices in area, assuming of course they can get the greenlight from the planning authorities.
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