Fletcher Priest Architects, London
Angel Court is located within the Bank of England Conservation Area, where no new high-rise buildings are permitted. However, by stripping an existing 1970s tower to its core, and replacing it with an intelligent and characterful building that responds to statutory, environmental, functional and aspirational requirements, Angel Court has become a contemporary tower that integrates into its historic surroundings.
The design increases floor space by over 60 percent without increasing the tower height, through the relocation of service floors and enlargement of floor plates. Generous tenant amenities, including external terraces over five different levels, and a centerpiece communal lounge leading onto a mature garden at the midpoint of the building, all contribute to a building that responds to the health and well-being requirements of modern tenants.
Adjacent space that was previously dominated by a service road and dark frontages has been transformed into an attractive pedestrian street with shops and restaurants, adding 30 percent more space to the public realm.