Lion Plaza

London EC2

Architect/Designer:
Dallas Associates International
Client:
Thorstone Development and Lion Heart Properties of Singapore
Main Contractor:
AMEC Construction
Portland Stone:
Independent Basebed and Whitbed
Scope of Project:
Demolition of existing building and construction of new 5 storey development

The project comprised of the partial demolition of the existing building, retaining 250 metres of the building’s original Portland Stone façade, with construction of a 15,000 square metre mixed-use development spread over 5 floors.

The site of the new Lion Plaza development had been empty for 8 years before being sold by National Bank of Westminster as part of their disposal of classic Banking Halls.

Due to the location of the site and the nature of the project, the manufacturing programme was broken down into 4 phases: Phase I comprised the alteration and high level façade extension to 51-53 Threadneedle Street. Phase II continuing the work along 41-47 Threadneedle Street.

Phase III included new Portland Stone facades on the lower levels of Adam Court & 10-11 Old Broad Street. Phase IV was for new stonework to the entrance hall interior & the lower levels of the Atrium.

The project team visited Portland to review the available beds for aesthetics & durability. Independent Basebed & Whitbed were selected as the best match for the existing stone.

An extensive manufacturing programme was undertaken at Albion Stone’s masonry works producing curved ashlar panels, window heads, cills, copings & cornices which were fixed on site.