Sir Edwin Lutyens was best known for his country houses, but also carried out several significant commercial buildings in the centre of London, including Britannic House at Finsbury Circus which has been since acclaimed as ‘the masterpiece of the Circus’. The building is now listed grade II* and given a new identity as ‘One Finsbury Circus’.
The building was for many years the home of BP and was designed to suit their single occupancy. When our clients acquired the property in 2005, our brief was for multi-tenancy and a complete retrofit. Our solution was a radical replanning of the centre of the building to introduce a new lift core and enhanced atrium space with a spectacular new atrium roof. Six new glass lift cars were included in a shaftless lift lobby arrangement.
The historic Lutyens interiors were carefully restored and the new works carefully integrated into them. All office space was totally upgraded with new mechanical and electrical systems throughout.