The UK is the world’s largest exporter of financial services, and the City of London is its nerve centre. There is a growing need to supply high quality office accommodation that specifically meets the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors as a platform for the City’s future growth.
Our ambition at 33 Creechurch Lane is to do just that – create world class office space designed for multi sector SMEs in the heart of London’s financial district. Included in this is the recognition of how essential it is to respond positively to the local context, contribute to public realm, and tap into the City of London’s agenda and priorities over the coming decades.
Our design includes office spaces that will be high quality, flexible, unique, and include a high level of technology provision. This will be enhanced by an outward looking façade, the inclusion of living walls, and in improvements to the immediate public surrounds. The overall design has been crafted to blend in with the existing skyline. These elements combined will address the needs and expectations of a new building able to contribute positively to the City’s future.
The open spaces of Mitre Square and Creechurch Lane can be traced back to the open court and cloister of Holy Trinity Priory. The historic maps show that while the configuration has shifted over time, the two open spaces have been maintained.
More generally, while the City of London has largely retained its medieval street layout, the growth of the financial sector, coupled with revisions in planning laws, changed its architecture and transformed the skyline.
Much of the City was transformed during the 1980s and 1990s. This was largely driven by growing demand for office space.
Central to how the City looks today are buildings which have been designed to respond sensitively to the historic context while also enhancing the London skyline. This means being fully cognisant of the protected views of the White Tower from City Hall and Tower Bridge.
Underpinning the design of 33 Creechurch Lane is the knowledge that while two-thirds of City employees work for large companies, over 98% of these businesses are SMEs. The demand continues for office space to meet their needs.
This is a real opportunity to design a game changing building for SMEs which will include active frontages and a vibrant public area. It is also an opportunity to upgrade the existing dated commercial space to ensure it is fit for purpose and increase the area of lettable commercial space suitable for SMEs in the City.
We consulted statutory bodies and key stakeholders throughout the pre-application stages of the Creechurch project. This included:
In response to these consultations, we spent two years developing a design that works for all.
The intention is for construction to commence from 2022 onwards.
The design process of 33 Creechurch Lane has resulted in a building with many fantastic features for tenants and the public. These include: