Design Services only (Stage C), Planning Applications
The site (36 Great St Helen) is located in a Conservation Area, however is not a Listed Building. The building is within the Eastern Cluster of the City, this cluster has a large percentage of offices, retail and a smaller number of hotels. The number of residential units is very small in comparison with the rest of the city. Tall buildings are a distinctive element in the skyline. This cluster contains the greatest density of business and jobs in the Square Mile.
The site is between two buildings, the building on the left is 8 storeys from the pavement and the building on the right is 7 storeys from the pavement. The site is currently 4 storeys from the pavement and it sets back from the front boundary reducing its footprint. The adjoining properties are mainly overlooking the Parish Church of St Helen Bishopsgate and The Pinnacle. The Parish Church is a Grade I Listed Building
where as The Pinnacle is (or will be) a very modern office building of 64 storeys from the ground.
This proposal seeks to demolish the existing building and create a new eight storey building (including basement). The existing front facade is considered to make a positive contribution to the character of the Conservation Area, however it requires excessive maintenance, this is expensive and it will require substantial restoration works.
The new ground floor will set back from the pavement line, this allow access of natural light to the rooms at basement level. The first floor has been brought forward up to the boundary of the plot (pavement line), this technic has been used to increase the internal floorspace and incorporate a new lightwell that could enable the access of natural light for those rooms at the back of the building. Extending the first floors towards the pavement line also allows all upper floors to reorient their view towards the Parish Church of St Helen Bishopsgate which seems a sensible option since it will be used as a hotel.
The design intends to split the front facade in seven blocks, each block (equals a floor) reorients, extends or sets back to reduce the scale of the building.
The building will be accessed via a main entrance door at ground level, this will lead to reception, lift and staircase. Disabled rooms will be located at ground and basement floor. All rooms can be accessed via the lift and staircase. All rooms will have en-suite bathrooms. A total of 37 rooms is proposed, 30 rooms will be facing the street where as 7 rooms will be facing an internal lightwell which will provide natural light. Storage facilities, staff room and others will be located at basement level. An existing secondary staircase from the basement to the ground will be used as an emergency escape route.