Daily Express Building

London EC4

Architect/Designer:
Hurley Robinson and Associates
Client:
Goldman Sachs
Main Contractor:
Loveld NV
Portland Stone:
Independent Basebed
Scope of Project:
Construction of granite and Portland Stone building

This was an £80 million granite and stone building designed by Hurley Robinson & Associates in a sensitive area including part of the Fleet Street Conservation Area.

Although other stones were considered, the Architect finally chose Independent Basebed after viewing materials at the Quarry and a number of completed previously sites.

In particular, the detail of the Quoins needed careful consideration. The original suggestion, a “birds beak” to marry the granite cladding elsewhere on the building, was not a good design for limestone. Instead a glue and pinned option was adopted.

The project involved approximately 130m3 of block and was manufactured into finished stones at our Portland Factory. 

These stones were transported to Loveld’s Belgium Factory during the Autumn of 1998 to be incorporated into the stone on pre-cast panels.