This project involved the redevelopment and extension of an existing Portland stone building on Tokenhouse Yard in the Bank Conservation Area of the City of London.
Tokenhouse Yard is a narrow street across from the Bank of England and the City Planners and the Conservation Area Committee were keen to ensure that the character of the building, the street and the long distance views from Moorgate down Kings Arms Yard were fully considered when introducing the additional 26% of accommodation necessary to make the scheme financially viable.
The proposal includes the replacement of the existing roof level floor by extending the stone façade up one storey and introducing an additional setback ‘penthouse’ floor all utilising Portland stone to match the existing facades.
To the rear the floorplates are extended back and a new lift, stair and services core introduced to maximise the area and produce efficient and effective floorplates.
New modern services and plant have been provided throughout.
Internal strip-out works were progressed in late 2001 in parallel with discussions with the City Planners in order to enable a start on site at the earliest opportunity.
The scheme was granted planning permission in December 2001 and was completed in Autumn 2003.