Project by Michael Aukett Architects
150 Cheapside is a landmark office building located within the historic fabric of London under the shadows of St Pauls Cathedral. Set at the junction of Newgate Street, Cheapside, St Martins le Grand and Foster Lane, the site is of primary importance to the townscape and character of this part of the City. It forms part of the setting of St Pauls Cathedral and the immediate settings of the Church of St Vedast, and Goldsmiths Hall, together with the wider setting of St Marys le Bow all of which are Grade I listed. The building is a 9 storey 322,000 SF building set with a central circulation core. The ground floor accommodates retail uses along the road facing frontage and accommodates a basement for some back of house uses. 150 Cheapside is a BREEAM Excellent building, with several passive and renewable energy features including extensive green roof provisions.
Strategic views were a key consideration in the design of the building. Whilst the site is outside the St Pauls Heights Policy Area, it does fall within the Strategic Viewing Corridor from Alexandra Palace and the wider settings and background views from Kenwood, Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Point, Westminster Pier, and King Henrys Mound. The height and roofscape of the 9-storey building was carefully designed in consultation with the Corporation of London to ensure there was no infringement of the views or backdrop. Additionally, to protect the views of the two listed Wren churches, St Vedast and St Mary le Bow the top floor of the building is cut back to maintain the existing townscape views of the churches.
The existing 1950’s building on the site was demolished and the basement deepened with the new building providing highly efficient office floorplates of 21,500 SF NIA over ground plus 8 floors with 18m deep floorplates around a central atrium that can be maximised to 45m at first floor level to provide the option for a dealing floor. Retail uses for A1 and A3 restaurant/cafe at ground and lower ground level create an active frontage to all three street facing facades and introduce an active frontage onto Foster Lane and a widened pavement to improve pedestrian movement.