30 Lombard Street
58,500 sq ft
Lombard Street is one of the most historic streets in the City of London, with its origins in the weaving guilds and the banking industry. Here the practice designed a striking new office building in the midst of a Conservation Area and surrounded by listed buildings – one of the few new-build offices in the area.
Designed sympathetically within the historic streetscape, the contemporary façade uses a traditional palette of stone, bronze and glass within a modern unitised construction. The Lombard Street façade features a unique artwork by artist Kate Maestri, who has created a motif representing individual gold threads: a reference to both the weaving industry and the wealth of the banking sector.
The double-height entrance foyer leads into a long span, open-plan and column-free floorplate, designed to appeal to the modern occupier’s desire for maximum flexibility. The building provides flagship quality accommodation in the heart of London’s financial district. “With such a significant location, this building had to be of the highest quality, respond to the site’s heritage, and yet be contemporary, elegant and refined,” says tp bennett’s David Blair.