16 May One New Ludgate -RICS Awards
COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR RICS AWARD
ONE NEW LUDGATE
From : fletcherpriest.com
One New Ludgate, in the City of London, has won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors top prize for Commercial Office Building of the Year 2016. Part of the transformation of this island site, our masterplan set a vision for reintegrating this important site on the processional route from Ludgate Circus to St Paul’s into the City’s social and economic life. As architects for one building and executive architects for the other designed by Sauerbruch Hutton, we are bringing it to fruition.
It is a site redolent with history. From here the Belle Sauvage coaching inn welcomed or saw off numerous fictional and real travellers; Pocahontas and London’s first rhino paid visits. Later came railway engineers who put an iron viaduct across Ludgate Hill, and World War II, which left it in ruins.
We proposed two buildings to make best use of the site’s gradient as well as level changes resulting from burying the railway in the 1990s. Our building on Ludgate Hill steps back to protect views to St Paul’s, and reinstates the subtle curve to the street which Wren used to show his design to advantage. Carefully fabricated components including pre cast frames and conical glass canopies befit the cathedral’s setting – except for the point where the two buildings meet on Old Bailey, opposite a decorative terracotta façade which stands out amid a run of Portland stone. Here our façade transforms to amber glass and Sauerbruch Hutton’s colour scheme changes to make a backdrop for a small suntrap of a piazza.
This project combines two streams of our work: strategic urban masterplanning and creating high quality sustainable workplaces. With roof gardens landscaped by Gustafson Porter and numerous terraces and balconies, most floors have access to outdoor space and enjoy quintessentially London views.