Planning decision expected this spring
KPF’s plans for a new headquarters for US investment bank Goldman Sachs in the City of London have gone in for planning.
Work will involve demolishing an old telephone exchange, called the Fleet Building, which dates back to 1960, as well as tearing down the neighbouring Plumtree Court building. Both are located in and around Farringdon Street.
The application is being handled by planning agent DP9 and will see both buildings replaced with a nine-storey office block running across nearly 114,000sq m.
It will also have a green roof which has been designed by landscape architect Gross Max and is aiming for a Breeam ‘excellent’ rating.
KPF design principal William Pederson said: “It is a great privilege to be asked to design an important new building in a busy part of central London. Buildings such as these are often the catalyst for further development and regeneration.”
A series of grade II listed, 1960s ceramic murals at street level by painter and ceramicist Dorothy Annan are currently being removed from the Fleet Building and relocated to the nearby Barbican.
The Fleet Building is presently home to a host of telecoms equipment while Plumtree Court is used for corporate storage and security.
The site has already been given planning for previous proposals including a 54,000sq m office scheme for the Fleet Building back in 1999 by Foggo Associates along with plans in 2010 by Rolfe Judd to redevelop Plumtree Court.
In its application, DP9 said: “The proposed development will be an expression of excellence in architecture and sustainable design, carefully considered urbanism and will make an important contribution to the continued vibrance of the City of London as one of the world’s pre-eminent business centres.”
KPF is currently working on a scheme a few hundred metres away next door to Holborn Viaduct called Sixty London which is due to finish this summer.
City of London Corporation is expected to give a decision on the Goldman Sachs scheme later this spring.