Allies + Morrison's 120 Moorgate in London receives planning permission
Planning permission was recently granted to Redevco UK for the redevelopment of 120 Moorgate, a 14,540 sqm mixed use, office (9,650 sqm) and retail (3,000 sqm) scheme located at the junction of Moorgate and South Place within the Finsbury Circus Conservation area in City of London.
The building occupies a prominent corner site at a principle point of entry into the City of London from the north, and provides of office and retail accommodation over 2 basement levels, ground level and eight upper storeys.
The form of the proposal has developed out of consideration given to the nature of the surrounding city fabric and neighbouring buildings, and to the site’s location at a northern gateway into the City. In addition, a need to respect the Rights of Light currently enjoyed by the immediate neighbours has had a degree of influence over the form.
The façade of the building is composed of an inner glass layer encased in a grided metal framework infilled with louvres, providing solar shading. A series of white cast glass panels are then set in a syncopated pattern that falls indiscriminately across fold lines in the façade. The opacity and colour of these glass panels seek to sit sympathetically with surrounding Portland stone facades whilst their pattern aims to strengthen the reading of the form.