10-storey scheme will replace 1930s Neo-Georgian building

Wilkinson Eyre has been given planning permission for a 10-storey office development at Holborn Circus in the City of London, which will double the floorspace of the existing building on the site.

The practice’s plans for Evans Randall Investors will require the demolition of 1930s Thavies Inn House, designed by Lewis Solomon, Son & Joseph – along with a 1950s extension to the original Neo-Georgian building.

The new structure will deliver 12,102 sq m of new space, primarily for office use, on the site near the grade I-listed Church of St Andrew Holborn. The current buildings have 6,025 sq m of floorspace. A “pocket park” will also be created on the site as part of the proposals.

Square Mile planning officers said Wilkinson Eyre’s proposals were designed in two “nested volumes”, with the larger 10-storey section facing Holborn Circus, Fetter Lane, and Thavies Inn. The lower section steps down two storeys on St Andrew Street, facing towards St Andrew’s Church. The current buildings are five storeys and nine storeys high.

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Thavies Inn House at Holborn Circus, which was built in 1939

Recommending the proposals for approval, planning officers said Wilkinson Eyre had expressed a “contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional hierarchy” in architectural terms.

Wilkinson Eyre project director Yasmin Al-Ani Spence said the practice was delighted its Thavies Inn plans had been approved.

“Our proposals seek to create not only a positive, sustainable and healthy workplace but also a building that engages positively with its urban setting, recalling the history of Holborn Circus and embracing the City of London tradition of pocket parks,” she said.

“This new public space, away from bustle of the highway, will offer a moment of calm for both future occupiers and the public.”

Evans Randall Investors MD Ned Williams said Wilkinson Eyre’s design would “set the standard for modern occupiers” by embracing and exceeding the operational, sustainability and experiential requirements.

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Wilkinson Eyre’s proposals to replace Thavies Inn House at Holborn Circus