One of the City of London’s few ‘island’ sites, 25 Gresham Street provides a commercially successful speculative development that respects its historic location adjacent to the Goldsmith’s and Wax Chandlers Hall, and remains of the Roman city wall and medieval St John Zachary Churchyard.
Completed within a tight construction schedule, the 11,150 sq m office building provides ten floors of column-free office space organised around a central northern core and pierced by a full-height south-facing atrium. Tapering upwards and back from the churchyard garden, the atrium includes four transparent lifts, which provide the principal circulation and offer views across the City.
This stepped elevation with planted balconies imparts a light, spacious appearance to the street and complies with local planning rules; at the same time, the building allows for the maximum area of offices with generous 2,700 mm floor-to-ceiling heights.
Finely detailed facades work in concert with the ancient fabric and neighbouring churches of St Anne and St Agnes. The building palette of glass, aluminium and slate continues in the entrance, reception and bathrooms, imparting an elegance that is consistent throughout.
A modular rain-screen system of Broughton Moor green slate overlaps the facade horizontally, supported by bespoke stainless steel castings fixed to hangers.
The stone’s green hue is matched by tinted horizontal glazing that prevents internal glare.
The level of detail and timely release of information Grimshaw provided was a major factor in the project properly completing on time, and below budget
Matt Mason, Project Director, IVG Asticus Real Estate
25 Gresham Street is a welcome addition to what is rapidly becoming a high-tech enclave in the City.
Robert Bevan, Building Design
London, United Kingdom
IVG Asticus Real Estate Limited