London Royal Mint scheme gets go ahead
Plans to transform the historic 5.2 acre central London former Royal Mint site into a campus of up to five buildings, providing modern flexible office accommodation with significant public realm and retail facilities, has been approved.
The 55,700m² development near the Tower of London will see two listed buildings that previously housed the Royal Mint for 150 years renovated for new uses.
Three modern buildings on the site will be partially demolished and remodelled to make room for office buildings.
Overall the scheme will incorporate five buildings, providing contemporary office space and shops, cafes and restaurants, together with 1.8 acres of landscaped public realm.
The designs have been drawn-up by architectural practice Sheppard Robson, with architects Morrow + Lorraine appointed to sympathetically reinvigorate the historic buildings.
The flexible floorplates of the offices are designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of potential occupiers, delivering both large open-plan spaces as well as smaller, more dynamic floor spaces for the creative and start-up industries.
Designed to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, the sustainable development incorporates in excess of 1,000 bike spaces. The landscaped public courtyards will also provide flexibility for a large number of possible uses, such as retail pop-ups and seasonal events for tenants and the local community.