60 Aldgate is a significant piece of architecture that is new but grounded into its London context - a greener, more sustainable building sensitively stitched into the City of London skyline.

 

Project Details +

Project Details

LOCATION: Aldgate, London

CLIENT: Rocket Properties

DATE: 2011 - ongoing

STATUS: Planning granted

USE: Commercial Office and Retail

SIZE: 33,285m²


Credits +

Credits

Concept Design:

Amanda Callaghan, Rodrigo Cañizares, Nicholas Chrysostomou, Anna Czigler,  Ifigenia Dilaveraki,  Paula Ibarrondo, Friedrich Ludewig, Eleni Meladaki, Daniel Ovalle Costal, Heidrun Schuhmann, Penny Sperbund, Luca Tesio, Keigo Yoshida


CONSULTANTS:

Planning: DP9

Landscape: Spacehub

Project & Cost Management: Arcadis

Daylight & Sunlight: GIA

Structural Engineer, Transport, Waste, Microclimate: WSP

MEP, Acoustics, Fire, Sustainability: Hoare Lea

Inclusive Design: David Bonnett Associates

Archaeology: MOLA



Aldgate High Street was one of the busy gateways into the medieval City of London and the stretch in front of the Aldgate has been known as Butchers Alley for over 300 years. The demolition of the Haydon Goodsyard Station and the subsequent construction of the Metropolitan Line and Aldgate Station has left behind a large gap in the street frontage. 60 Aldgate, a new office building, will help to close this urban void between the City and Whitechapel. 

The structure of the 60 Aldgate building is designed in response to the constraints imposed by the London Underground below, incorporating a large cantilever. The need for the building to float above the tracks is celebrated through vaulted entrance spaces carved into the volume. The red-coloured timber vaults provide space for the foyer, cafés and the realigned medieval passageway, Harrow Alley.

COVID-19 and the climate emergency have questioned the nature of work, and how we build buildings. The workplaces of the future in the City of London must be highly sustainable, focused on collaboration and future adaptation.

60 Aldgate has a diverse, sculptural roofscape with 13 terraces over three floors, creating 750sqm of biodiverse green roof gardens.

The Still & Star, a Public House first noted in 1730 as a gin palace and slum pub, will be rebuilt in green pigmented concrete on Aldgate High Street as a gin distillery with botanical herb farm, preserving an imprint of its history. 

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