The demand for small office floor plates, between 1500 and 3000 sq ft, keeps growing to meet the demands of support professions and international companies. Location and visibility are key requirements as is the flexibility to respond to emerging company culture with a simple office space, meeting space or virtual company showrooms. Cannon Street is a core city location especially now that Cannon Street Station and Bloomberg HQ are occupied.
Office specification of 40 years ago does not reflect current aspirations. 76 Cannons Street had a small ornate entrance hall and a very narrow with bronze glass. GRID’s proposal for this 1980s City office opens up the entrance hall to the street with clear views to reception and the sign board. The entrance screen and canopy are in bronzed, perforated metal working together to reach out to pedestrians. On the office floors, old accessible ceilings are replaced with higher plasterboard soffits and strip lights and extract vents. Stairs and toilets are enhanced and simplified with a palette of black, grey and a ‘wake’ up orange and white. New showers and bikes stores are located in the basement.
One aspect high on any tenants wish list is outside space - as lifestyle aspirations for workspace go far beyond the prosaic. Here the former high ,octagonal roof void is hollowed out to provide a new roof terrace with views of Cannon Street and St Pauls. Now complete the first tenants are moving in.