50 Fenchurch Street is an island site bounded by Fenchurch Street, Mincing Lane, Dunster Court, and Mark Lane and is owned by The Clothworkers’ Company. Apart from the medieval Tower of All Hallows Staining and the subterranean Lambe’s Chapel Crypt, all of the buildings were constructed after 1945. The Clothworkers’ Company has been on the site of 50 Fenchurch Street since 1528, and the Clothworkers’ Foundation, established in 1977, is The Clothworkers’ charitable vehicle. The redevelopment at 50 Fenchurch Street will allow capital to be unlocked to help endow The Clothworkers’ Foundation for future generations, expanding its philanthropic work.
50 Fenchurch Street provides a modern new hall fit for future generations and will provide over 62,000 sqm of flexible office space arranged around a central core. Floor plates vary in size to maximise the building’s appeal to a range of City occupiers. Central to this proposal is the creation of over 3,000 sq m of new public space. The public realm at street level has been designed to improve access routes for pedestrians through the City. The proposed scheme sets the Tower of All Hallows Staining within a new street level public realm, with the aspiration of providing public access to the interior. Level 10 of the new tower offers a 360-degree public realm experience. It is accessed via two public lifts at street level, allowing visitors to arrive at a generous terrace with spectacular views over London. A double-height winter garden is designed for the public to access throughout the year.
Several key measures are proposed to ensure the impact on the environment is minimised. These include enhancing ecological value through extensive urban greening, SuDS systems reduce urban run-off, and the design is optimised to minimise material use. The development team is targeting BREEAM Excellent, reflecting the commitment to a high standard of sustainability. Ensuring that the building has the capability to move towards net zero carbon in operation in the future has been carefully considered in design.
50 Fenchurch Street will offer the City of London the first of a new generation of buildings with an integrated urban greening strategy. The innovative vertical landscaping proposal form an integral part of the overall design, adding variety to its elevations. The ground level public realm is focused around the listed tower with a sensitive hard landscaping design, delineating the outline of the historic church nave that occupied the site. The setting back of the office building onto Fenchurch Street widens pavements, easing congestion at peak times. There is an uplift of 36x quantum of public realm.