7-10 Old Bailey

London EC4

Architect/Designer:
Sidell Gibson
Client:
Marylebone Warwick Balfour
Main Contractor:
Bowen Construction
Completion Date:
2008
Portland Stone:
Bowers Basebed
Scope of Project:
Stone-on-precast Cladding

7-10 Old Bailey'€™s historic address is at the very heart of the City, where the worlds of law, finance and commerce meet. It'€™s Old Bailey street façade is a Portland stone grid with slightly projecting glass bays.

The home of Sidell Gibson'€™s central London office is strikingly contemporary in design, yet in perfect harmony with its surroundings, this is a new landmark for business and the City of London. Albion supplied approximately 22m³ of stone to subcontractor Creagh Concrete for the project.

Project architect Russ Dent explains the specification method:

'€œWe used the National Building Specification (NBS). Our contractor liked to use '€˜similar clauses'€™ but we had to be fairly strict. We had to take on board what the planners wanted, and our choices had been signed off by the client. But we were flexible.

For example, the planners said the stone cladding had to be Portland Stone. We originally designed the stone cladding as a rain screen. But the contractor came up with the idea of attaching the stone to precast concrete panels, which was easier to fix on site.'€