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Friday25 July 2014

KPF's Goldman Sachs City HQ in for planning

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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.

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  • A fitting building for its client.

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  • '...an expression of excellence in architecture...' - does the image suggest that?

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  • What a monumental pile of rubbish...Was the wording in the brief "can we have a large bland building please?", horrible building and just depressing to see this part of London get destroyed.

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  • clichy

    Back to the 80s ... was BDs former columnist involved?
    Or is it the result of the influx of NY principals into KPF London, what a shame that KPF London have come to this.
    Their relationship with the City of London Planners will surely not allow this corporate monster???

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  • The faceted corners are especially crap. Surely these chiselling barstards have enough cash to do a proper curve. Whats the point in grabbing all that money if you dont spend it creating something beautiful. Loose ship.

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  • What about the morality of working on a commission for Goldman Sachs? This secretive, manipulative organisation has done considerable damage to the world economy in general and specific countries' currencies in particular, in the pursuit of obscene profits.

    They may not have actively engaged in the killing of innocent Iraqis, but their activities have been been instrumental in bringing misery to countless millions, by accelerating the transfer of wealth from the broader population to a rarified few.

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  • Spot on Charles - you'd hope any practice with an ounce of credibility would steer well away from this shower...

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  • In the words of Super Hans from Peep Show "its not who you know, its who you bl...."

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  • Gosh. And here was me thinking we had all moved on from glass curtain walls ... !

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  • Let's hope it doesn't get through planning. KPF should be ashamed

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