Fletcher Priest Architects
- Original design
- Fletcher Priest Architects, 2017
The 2017 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2018 programme in July.
Fletcher Priest has completed Angel Court for Mitsui Fudosan UK and development partner Stanhope. The last tower of the ‘first generation’ of tall buildings in the Bank of England Conservation Area, Angel Court is located at heart of the City’s financial district.
Extensive studies were initially carried out to examine new-build, re-build and refurbishment options for the 1970s structure before it was decided to replace all but the core and foundations of this 25-storey building, increasing the net area by 60%. The new tower hovers above pedestrianised Angel Court, formerly a cut-through from Lothbury to Copthall Avenue, now improved to create 40% more public realm.
The most noticeable aspect of the tower is its skin, which flows as a softly curved homogenous surface around the walls and roof of the original octagonal form. During the day, glimpsed through the close-knit grain of the City’s streets, its translucency gives it a distinctive, light presence. These effects come from a double frit, a ceramic dot baked onto the glass surface, which allows views from inside to out and offsets solar gain. The sculpted lower garden floor buildings with deep-set windows faced in rough-hewn Carlow Blue limestone sit comfortably in their context and contrast with the softly curved tower. At night, the tower transforms to reveal a simple square grid to match the lower buildings, unifying the whole composition.
Office floors have been designed to provide workspace for anywhere from 80 to 300 people. All floorplates throughout the building have been replaced to maximise the ingress of daylight. ‘Sky Floors’ include all floors above level 7, and appear bright due to uninterrupted light and generous 2.7m clear heights. The floorplates are characterised by floor to ceiling glass, which draws dramatic 360 views of the skyline beyond.
Contrasting with the opalescent exterior of the tower’s ‘Sky Floors’ are the Carlow grey-blue limestone blocks of the 6-storey ‘Garden Floors’ at the building’s base. Previously a heavy brown, granite façade, a limestone grid now flows up the building and across its terraces to form the balustrades of gardens on these lower floors. Deep, recessed window openings are lined with natural anodised aluminium frames, creating a light façade at ground level, while brise soleils shade the interior from direct sunlight.
All occupants can access the 7th floor garden terrace that is part of the building’s 17,000ft2 (1580m2) of private, landscaped, open space, spread over five levels. Fletcher Priest collaborated with Vogt Landscape Architects to bring a special quality to this principal garden, with tall hedging and trees around the lawns creating the sense of a series of protected, walled garden rooms.
• Angel Court has achieved 2014 BREEAM Excellent and an EPC A rating
• The building uses a third of the energy of its predecessor but it 60% larger in area
• There are 17,000 sqft of external terraces including an English garden at Level 7
• The public realm at ground floor has been increased by 40%
• The building was highly commended for Worshipful Company of Architect’s City Building of the Year 2017
• Artist Sarah Barker created specially commissioned art work that reference the history of the site and can be found at either end of the pedestrian street
• At ground level the building’s 115 linear metres of restaurant frontage are occupied by COYA, Notes, Temper, and Natural Kitchen. Tenants Bupa, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, UK Finance, WYG, Analysis Group, Redington, and The Clubhouse London will also be moving in to the building.