Avanti Architects have been engaged by Mace to join the design team led by Eric Parry Architects with Richard Griffiths Architects to deliver a key listed building project within the Salisbury Square redevelopment in Fleet Street, on behalf of the City of London. This transformative project entails the construction of three purpose-built structures, including a law courts building, a police headquarters, and commercial offices. Additionally, it involves the adaptation of a listed former print works and the creation of a public square designed for social and food and beverage functions.
Avanti Architects has taken a lead role in the restoration and renovation of the grade II listed Commercial Chambers at 2-7 Salisbury Court. This building, designed by Alexander Peebles, exemplifies the Old English/Queen Anne architectural style that was revolutionized by Norman Shaw in the 1860s. The City of London Corporation, City of London Police, and Her Majesty’s Courts are the clients for this project.
Situated in the heart of the historic Square Mile, the site is adjacent to several internationally recognized heritage assets, including St. Brides Church (a Grade I listed structure designed by Christopher Wren), Reuters and Press Association buildings (a Grade II listed complex designed by Edwin Lutyens), and the Daily Express building (a Grade II* listed edifice designed by Owen Williams). A notable aspect of the masterplan is the creation of an urban square, necessitating the removal of neighboring structures. As part of the redevelopment, Avanti Architects has designed a new elevation for 2-7 Salisbury Court, enabling the building to seamlessly connect with the square and accommodate cafés and dining establishments that spill out onto the public realm.
The meticulous restoration and repair of this historic asset played a pivotal role in gaining acceptance for the overall redevelopment proposals. It successfully strikes a balance between the need for modern facilities and the principles of best conservation practice. The project also encompasses excavation and underpinning work to create basements, structural reinforcement of the external fabric, and the construction of new facades within limited space.
Redevelopment of Grade II listed chambers in the heart of the historic Square Mile
Status Under Construction
Photographer Eric Parry Architects