Workspace   12 New Fetter Lane

12 New Fetter Lane is an innovative new 15-storey office building. Occupying a triangular site on the western edge of the City of London, its inventive stepped and rotating form responds to the Chancery Lane Conservation Area to the west and the higher-rise commercial developments of New Street Square to the east.

Designed to engage with its dramatic townscape context, the building forms a transitional element in the cityscape, while also improving the setting of Fetter Lane and Plough Place, creating a strong sense of place and identity. The external envelope, composed almost entirely of glass, is expressed as a multi-faceted and reticulated surface. The diamond-like facades generate multiple complex reflections, capturing light and constantly changing in both pattern and appearance throughout the day.

The tall single-storey ground floor level includes the main building entrance, retail space and a service bay; and forms the base for 12 floors of office accommodation above. This prime quality office space benefits from high levels of natural light, excellent external awareness, and breath-taking views across London. The top of the building, above the final floor of offices, is articulated with a double-stacked plant, taking the total building height to 59 metres above New Fetter Lane.

Sustainability was a principal design consideration of the project, and the building achieves a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

The project completed in 2015, and has been leased by a single occupier, the international law firm Bird and Bird. The interior fit out, which was designed by MCM, completed in summer 2016.

Client    Pontsarn Investments Ltd (c/o Great Portland Estates plc)
Location    London, UK
Status    Completed 2015

Area    20,300 sqm GEA
Cost    £47m
Architect    Flanagan Lawrence in collaboration Doone Silver Architects
Planning Consultant    DP9
Project Manager    Gardiner & Theobald LLP
Contractor    Mace
Cost Consultant    E C Harris
Structural Engineer    WSP Group plc
Services Engineer    Hilson-Moran Partnership Ltd
Landscape Architect    Townsend Landscape Architects
CDM Coordinator    Gardiner & Theobald LLP
Fire & Traffic Consultant    WSP Group plc
Access Consultant    Access Design Consultants
Townscape Consultant    Peter Stewart Consultancy
Verified View Consultant    Miller Hare Ltd
Rights to Light    Delva Patman Associates
Approved Inspector    MLM Building Control Ltd
BREEAM Rating    Excellent
Awards Shortlisted    BCO Commercial Workplace Project of the Year Finalist London Region

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