ISBN: 9781848223721 • Publication: October 7, 2019
1 Finsbury Avenue
Innovative office architecture from Arup to AHMM
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of October 7, 2019
DescriptionCompleted in 1984 by Arup Associates as a speculative office development at the fringe of the city, 1 Finsbury Avenue (1FA), the first section of the Broadgate masterplan to be completed, was widely acclaimed at the time and has since been listed as a grade II building by Historic England. It was commonly acknowledged as having set the exemplar for future commercial architecture in the UK, introducing major innovations in construction methods and materials from the US, including fast track steel structures, the large-scale use of prefabricated elements, new ways of managing the construction workforce, as well as making energy efficiency techniques integral to the design, along with the one of the first uses of Business Management Systems (BMS) - and a whole new approach to the design and planning of an office block.
1FA is currently undergoing a prestigious mixed-use restoration by British Land, in liaison with Historic England, designed by award-winning architects Alford Hall Monaghan Morris. While retaining the
distinctive listed facade and reintroducing the original plan's full height
interior atrium, AHMM have taken a similarly innovative and experimental approach to the complex, and in doing so, have set a new exemplar for the future of office design in the 21st Century.
This book will set the iconic building in its historic context, before detailing the story of its initial development, design and construction, its listing and the effect of a listing on a commercial property in terms of planning and adaptive reuse, and then critically examining the current scheme and the reimagining of a late 20th Century landmark.