12 New Fetter Lane
Contractor Mace Limited
Photos: James Brittain - Kevin Sansbury
12 New Fetter Lane is an innovative 15 storey building located on the western fringe of the City of London. The triangular site is located on the edge of the Chancery Lane Conservation Area to the west and the high rise new development of New Street Square to the east. The building design responds to this context by hinging around its southern corner to produce a rotated step form.
At ground floor, a tall single storey level includes the main entrance, retail accommodation and service bay. 12 floors of Category A office accommodation are located above, and a basement level provides plant, storage and cycle parking.
The dynamic form of the building offers street vistas with changing skylines that will captivate interest when viewed from the surrounding streets. The building will become a recognised landmark and make a distinctive new addition to the Midtown district.
Environmental sustainability was a key factor throughout the development of the design. The building achieves a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, offering a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions (19%) compared to current building regulations and encompassing a broad range of sustainable responses.
The building has been let to international law firm Bird and Bird as their new London Headquarters.
Glazed rainscreen cladding system
Vertical aluminium blades
Toggle glazed and opaque system
Unitised structurally silicone glazed system
Flanagan Lawrence Architects
Flanagan Lawrence is an award-winning, design-led architectural practice based in London. The practice has an impressive collective expertise across a broad range of sectors and building typology, including large-scale commercial projects and high-end residential schemes, as well as cultural, hotel and leisure, education, infrastructure, logistics, business parks and major masterplanning projects both in the UK and internationally. Flanagan Lawrence has worked with a diverse body of clients in both the private and public sectors. Public sector work has included performance space as well as office space and regeneration schemes. clients have included the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sadler’s Wells Theatre Trust, Soundforms plc ,The Sage Gateshead, as well as tertiary education client bodies such as Magdalen College, Oxford, Imperial College London and Brunel University. Private Clients have included Ask Property, Athos, BAA Lynton, British Land, Brookfield Europe, Candy & Candy, Chelsfield Development Securities, Espalier, Finchatton, Grainger, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor, Herby Holdings, Land Securities, Londonewcastle, Muse Developments, Quintain Estates and Developments, Segro, and Sellar Property Group.
Doone Silver Kerr
Doone Silver Architects is a London-based architectural practice. Established in 2010, the studio is led by Directors Richard Doone, John Silver and Ross Kerr, and has extensive experience in commercial, residential and hospitality sectors worldwide. With decades of personal experience, the individual Directors have consistently demonstrated an ability to challenge the preconceptions of a project to unlock exciting design and economic opportunities. Each project is approached without preconceived ideas. There is a clearly discernible pattern that links the work, a unity of thought and a robust rationale that can be identified in each design and that results from a close and enjoyable collaboration with clients and project teams. Their architecture takes an all-encompassing approach to the integration of form, structure, materials and light. Making places to pause and interact with the natural and built environment is an essential issue, together with the responsibility to provide a sense of positive civic engagement. Their projects always aim to minimise environmental impact and to optimise energy efficiency. Three of the most recent projects have all achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ ratings.