New London Architecture

7 Newgate


7 Newgate Street is a retrofitted early 2000s office building that now provides 74,500 sqft. of floor space. It is located near St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.

New London Awards 2023

New London Awards 2023

Shortlisted in the Workplace category

Commissioned by LS Estates, this scheme demonstrates the significant benefit of retrofit over new build having achieved an estimated embodied carbon saving of ~5800 tC02e in the structure alone. This is compared with the current industry average for new build and is equivalent to 4600 one-way flights from London to New York.

The brief set out to rationalise the corner entrance while increasing and opening out the reception for a much-improved arrival experience, with a street presence more fitting for a building of its size.

All office floors were stripped out and refitted, with services rationalised, WCs updated, and new high quality commuter provisions introduced.

A new rooftop pavilion was created using a lightweight hybrid structure of European Oak and steel. It was carefully designed with the aim of reducing the amount of strengthening works required to the structure below thus minimising the overall embodied carbon. The pavilion and rooftop terrace replaces a relocated plant room and opens up views of key City landmarks including nearby St Paul’s Cathedral. Urban greening has been incorporated both in the pavilion and on existing and new external terraces.

The use of timber extends beyond the structure to the external cladding, where scalloped solid European oak profiles have been carefully crafted. The use of timber provides a tactile and subtle backdrop to the new landscaped amenity space.

The building was purchased well ahead of completion by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and is earmarked to become a new, flexible and modern Tribunal Centre which is perfectly positioned adjacent to The Old Bailey.

Vote for this project in the People's Choice award. The deadline for voting is the 8th October, 23:45.

Project information




City of London


7000 sq m


June 2022


8 Newgate St, London EC4M 7DW, UK

Team Credits


Morrow + Lorraine Architects


Elliott Wood

Project Manager

Blackburn & Co

Listed by

LS Estates

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