City of London’s Moorgate Exchange development completed
Known to be on the shortlist of potential occupiers, it shows how, with sensitivity to its surroundings, large office buildings can be built in very confined sites, without the need to go high-rise.
Near Moorgate Station, sandwiched on a plot between Moor House, Citypoint and the Barbican stands HKR’s recently completed 31,000m2 Grade A office development. It has twelve floors above ground, the top six of which have west-facing terraces. Each of these is landscaped and has spectacular views over the City, Mid-Town and the West End. The building’s elegantly taut and profiled façade is clad in a high performance double glazed façade system incorporating bronzed anodised panels and illuminated fins.
The façade’s robust specification is just one of the measures incorporated to ensure that the building achieved a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and LEED Platinum certification. HKR won the design of this project in an invitation-only competition. Its simple profiled rectangular form ensures easily configurable floor-plates and maximised lettable space. It has clear spans of up to 15.5m; a highly efficient core and a nine-storey-high atrium to the west. The profile of the building, its raking wedge-like form, responds to rights-of-light entitlement of residents in the Barbican development that faces the building across Moor Lane.
The envelope is further limited in height by the St Paul’s viewing corridor and neighbouring structures and as a result its design was extremely constrained in terms of volume. Moorgate Exchange is already a landmark building that will increase in value as the area is transformed over the coming years as regeneration gathers speed.