Gateway to the City given radical modern overhaul

King William Street

Completed
December 2017
Client
Beltane Asset Management
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The building is located at a key entry point to the City from London Bridge, close to the capital’s most important heritage landmarks and very close to The Monument. This project, for Beltane Asset Management, creates a new mixed use building from the bones of an existing one with two additional floors, an entirely new façade and a new interior.

The design of the new stone skin of 24 King William Street responds to the surrounding urban and historic context. This new façade is layered with a deep Portland Stone outer skin, punctured by a series of large glazed openings that will provide the development with a contemporary aesthetic. These openings are arranged in a playful, yet rational manner and allow natural light to pour into the new office spaces while limiting solar gain.

Nestled behind the new building a previously unloved green space (that incorporates a portion of St Martin Orgar’s churchyard) will be dramatically transformed to create a lush, urban pocket park. The reinvigorated green space, coupled with new retail spaces at ground floor level, will enliven the building at the street edge and help to dramatically improve the vista of the ‘Southern gateway’ to the square mile.

Originally constructed in the 1980s the existing building will be re-invented for 21st century tenants and their needs. Basement car parking spaces will be replaced with bike racks, lockers and showers. Existing dark interiors will be transformed through large areas of controlled glazing that provide much improved daylighting. The roof, once dominated by rambling plant rooms, will be home to dramatic offices overlooking the City and the Thames, with a viewing terrace on the 8th floor. 24 King William Street will become a contemporary landmark for London while respecting the heritage of its immediate context and the key protected views into the city.