FLEET STREET - LONDON
MAJOR REFURBISHMENT OF GRADE 2 LISTED BUILDINGS
Client: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.
The scheme comprised the repair and refurbishment of a group of listed buildings known as Nos. 7 -15 Fleet Street. Individual buildingsa in the group were Nos. 7-10 The Legal and General Building of 1886, Nos. 13-14 The Union Bank Building of 1856 and No. 15 The Rainbow Tavern of 1859.
In the spring of 2004 Quadrant Chambers, an eminent set of barristers, took occupation of completed buildings. This event marked the completion of a £12m refurbishment and renovation project for clients, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. The Society acquired the empty and endangered Grade ll Listed buildings approximately five years before and commissioned BBF Fielding Ltd to create modern barristers' chambers within the fabric of this historic group of buildings.
The concept for the refurbishment is simple enough; a modern intervention in the form of a central atrium space, to uniting the five buildings that make up the site.
One of the major challenges for us was to resolve the different floor levels, not only between the buildings but also within the individual units. With split-level decks, ramps, steps, two lifts and some alteration to floor levels this was achieved.
Disabled access is now possible to all but three individual offices.
The Corporation of London used the scheme as a benchmark for disabled access in historic buildings and the project received a High Commendation from The London District Surveyors Association.