WilkinsonEyre completes 8 Finsbury Circus

WilkinsonEyre has completed work on 8 Finsbury Circus, a £68 million commercial development in the City of London for Mitsubishi Estate London Limited and Stanhope.  

WilkinsonEyre was appointed for the redevelopment of the former River Plate House, Finsbury Circus, following a design competition in 2011. Their scheme works to the client’s overall requirements for an ‘exemplary’ new office building in this historic City setting. The site, which is adjacent to the listed Britannic House by Edwin Lutyens, has access from both Finsbury Circus and South Place. 

Full planning permission was granted in 2012 to replace the existing 1980s building with the new scheme, which provides more than 15,000m² of Grade A, flexible office space with ground floor retail. WilkinsonEyre’s interpretation of a traditional City building has resulted in deeply modelled Portland stone and bronze facades, detailed in a contemporary manner.  A portion of the north façade, dating from the 1920s, has been retained with an existing colonnade opened up to form a new entrance.  Juliet balconies and dormer windows within the mansard with their crisp, frameless glazing continue the theme of traditional elements given a modern twist.  Castings from the building’s original railings have been retained and embodied into the walls of the entrance.  

WilkinsonEyre’s proposals maximise the full development potential of the extremely constrained site, whilst respecting the surrounding listed buildings. Entrances on both the north and south provide access to a generous lobby that runs through the length of the ground floor anticipating the change in the movement of office workers to the building following the opening of new ticket halls at Liverpool Street and Moorgate for Crossrail in 2018, also designed by WilkinsonEyre.