Proposals will deliver 5,000sq m commercial development between Moorgate and Coleman Street

City of London planners have signed off on Emrys Architects’ proposals to deliver a 5,218sq m commercial development on a site between Moorgate and Coleman Street.

The practice’s plans, created for developer CLI Dartriver, will add an extra 1,367sq m of space at the site and retain the Victorian façade of 63 Coleman Street.

Emrys secured consent to demolish the existing buildings onsite – except for the Coleman Street façade – and deliver a new building in 2020. However the latest incarnation of the practice’s scheme underwent significant changes and was the subject of a new application.

It received committee backing earlier this year, and consent was finalised this week. The late twentieth century buildings on the site have already been demolished.

Emrys Architects director Glyn Emrys said the Moorgate and Coleman Street proposals would reinvigorate the site with a new building while retaining elements of its existing charm and heritage.


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Emrys Architects’ Coleman Street proposals

“Over the years we have demonstrated our skill in knitting contemporary design into complex and characterful streetscapes, while bringing added value to owners and occupiers,” he said.

“Our new flexible office project for CLI Dartriver responds sensitively to its key location in the City of London, creates high quality office space, and supports both occupants’ wellbeing and biodiversity.”

The upper levels of the new building are set back to create garden terraces. Emrys said their high-performance and mixed-mode glazing, energy efficient lighting, and nickel coloured metal cladding with punched windows would be reminiscent of lead-covered Georgian mansard roofs.

The project will also see the transformation of Great Swan Alley, which connects Moorgate and Coleman Street. It will get new lighting, new York stone paving and an active frontage.

Coleman Street GM

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64-66 Coleman Street and neighbouring No. 63, pictured in 2014