Kirkbi, the holding company of LEGO, had owned 10-12 New Fetter Lane, Maxwell House as part of their pensions portfolio. It had been originally built by disgraced press baron Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell’s father.
The existing building was a brick-clad octagonal tower with a central core. As part of the proposals, the building floorplates were extended, and the core mover to the north, with three panoramic lifts overlooking Holborn Circus. As the building sat within one of St Paul’s Cathedral’s viewing corridors, only one additional storey was added. It was a heavy cut and carve exercise, with a full reclad and rebuild of the low rise block that connects the main tower with Fetter Lane and Bartlett’s Passage.
As we designed the 90,000 sqft midtown office building, once the construction contract had been won by Kier London, the team at TH was split in two: part was novated to the contractor to produce the construction drawings, and I was retained by the client to do the client monitoring role during the construction process. My role was one of advice and research, assisting the client and the project managers from Cushman and Wakefield.
Upon completion, LEGO decided to take the upper stories of the development as their London headquarters, with a vibrant Activity Based Working fit out by Dutch interior designers Veldhoen.