The £72 million, 18-storey building was completed in 2007 on behalf of client, Scottish Widows plc, and consists of two staggered wings divided by a receding central station which allows light to penetrate down to the triple-height reception space. The project’s unique external structural frame, which helped to facilitate virtually column-free flexible doorplates, was singled out in particular for praise, as was the well-considered use of materials that help to add a timeless quality to the building. The external frame and facades are formed in shot-peened stainless steel cladding, enclosing the entire perimeter of the structure within a double-height arrangement, with the pattern of the cladding helping to accentuate the vertical space.
Commenting on his double win Eric Parry, of Eric Parry Architects said, “We are delighted to have received two awards from the UK’s leading office industry organisation. We believe 5 Aldermanbury Square sets a new standard for office design in London, successfully delivering in excess of 15,000 sq ft of flexible floor area whilst also greatly improving the surrounding public spaces.” This is the latest award for the firm, after picking up a RIBA award in 2007 for their Bedford Music School, and an AIA Design Excellence Award in 2003 for their office building at 30 Finsbury Square.