1. November 2018

  2. Little gems: Grade A refurbished offices at invigorated city corner

    26 November 2018
    It would be hard to find a clearer view of Cannon Street’s modern makeover than from the floor-to-ceiling windows at number 76, where a cluster of recent transformative developments is gathered outside in a total reimagining of the location’s relationship to the rest of the City.
    At the crossroads of Cannon Street, Dowgate Hill and Walbrook, this newly refurbished 6-storey building sits in esteemed company, sharing the intersection with three notable buildings in a location that is now a vibrant destination rather than simple entry and exit point. On offer is a total of 5,804ft2, divided across four units with with floor plates from 1,400 to 1482ft2, all with a splendid view of the corner and right up to the Walkie Talkie on Fenchurch Street. 

    76 Cannon Street has an interesting façade of stone with turreted brick interventions that deliver unexpectedly expansive outlooks from the full height windows. The new refurbishment includes raised metal floors, suspended ceilings with LED lighting and fan coil air conditioning to the offices, while amenities within the building include a commissionaire, passenger lift, cycle parking and shower facilities. A sweeping communal roof terrace rounds things off.

    Sharing the south side of the junction is the redeveloped Cannon Street station, a huge undertaking that required the demolition of two 1960s office blocks and replacing them with a brand new building with zero downtime for the National Rail and Underground platforms. The finished scheme, completed in 2010, delivered 400,000ft2 of prime office and retail space.

    On the north side of the junction are two transformative developments designed by Foster & Partners. The Walbrook Building has an arresting finned exterior of bulging glass walls and houses around 450,000ft2 of retail and office space. The bold and curvaceous structure, also from 2010, is now joined by The Bloomberg Building which, as well as completing the corner and setting new standards in the eco-friendly stakes, delivers a welcome connection to the rest of the city through a slender concourse that cuts through the middle of the development.

    The Bloomberg Arcade provides a vibrant and pedestrian friendly walkway to Queen Street and Cheapside lined with familiar names from the restaurant world. The mix of high end and grab’n’go options includes Vinoteca, Caravan, Brigadiers, Bleecker and Kym’s in a welcome beefing up of the local dining scene and an instant integration of Cannon Street into the City.

    Continuing this strident march forward of the immediate locale, the recent opening of The Ned – the first city outing for Soho House Group – just a few minutes walk away the other end of Walbrook on Poultry, has introduced an entirely new kind of meeting place into the square mile. With 15 restaurants and bars The Ned provides a beautiful and informal environment to match anything in the West End and, with its 2,500 memberships already taken and 6,000 people on the waiting list, it’s clear the concept is something people have been waiting for.

    It all adds up to a remarkable renaissance for Cannon Street. Once merely the place to rush in and out on the daily commute, it’s now an attractive place to work and enjoy. If you’d like more information on 76 Cannon Street, please contact the City Agency on 020 7487 1900.

    The Author

    Emily Hirsch
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