Capel C.S were honoured to be involved in the refurbishment and re-development of this iconic office block situated close to St Pauls Cathedral in the city of London. The triangular site is located at the junction of Cannon Street and Queen Victoria Street making Cannon Street a prime London commercial property.
Originally designed by Whinney, Son & Austen Hall as an office building for Crédit Lyonnais and built between 1974 and 1977, the building became a Grade II listed in 2015.
The Grade II listed status meant that designers, architects and construction services alike, had to find complimentary modern-day solutions to breathe new life into this late mid-century structure.
The contract value was over £8M in total and lasted 18 months, making the Cannon Street project a hugely important part of our portfolio of works.
The originalfaçade was formed using non-load-bearing repetitive cladding units. In each of the major elevations, there is a small number of double-sized bays, which help to relieve the visual monotony. The cladding units are cast from glass reinforced concrete.
Using materials and design elements in keeping with the original aesthetic of the building, Capel C.S was able to assist in the transformation of the block.Upon completion, Cannon Street is, once again, a highly sought after commercial address.
The original roof and 5th floor of the building were completely demolished to make way for a newly rebuilt floor with extended areas, as well as the construction of an ornate roof garden with views over the city, and as far as the West End.
Each floor remains subtly larger than the one below it giving the building the appearance that the walls are leaning out.
Refurbishment and Re-development
The building was completely re-figured internally to maximise the light and space available in every office unit.
The entire 5th floor was re-built and extended to offer more internal space, whilst taking advantage of the stunning views the full height glass windows offer.
The refurbishment and re-development of this architecturally unique building called for the use of highly skilled tradespeople, using the very best in modern materials to produce a building that remains visually stunning.
We worked alongside the architects and construction company throughout all stages of the build, to ensure a cohesive approach to work on this iconic landmark. All construction work was carefully undertaken to ensure that the Grade II listed status of the building was not affected in any way and that all building regulations were adhered to.
The entire 3rd floor was fully refurbished to bring it up to date, and to maximise its potential as contemporary offices for companies that really want to make a statement.
The original ground floor entrance hall and reception areas was also given a minimalist makeover and complete modernisation to welcome visitors from both the Cannon Street and Queen Victoria Street entrances.
The external facades that are such an integral part of the beauty of this building needed updating. With the assistance of skilled glaziers and designers, Capel C.S was able to replace all external glazing to breathe new life into the appearance of the block.
The external facade was re-decorated to create a fresh, bright look that remains in keeping with its Listed building status and the original, much-loved look and feel of the building.