20 Finsbury Circus

City of London, EC2
UD Europe
Planning permission 2016; Design & procurement
115,000 sq ft GIA
Confidential
Office, retail

Sheppard Robson, Architect
Gleeds, Cost consultant
Waterman Structures, Structural engineer
Elementa Consulting, Building services engineer


Located in the Finsbury Circus conservation area, 20 Finsbury Circus is the 85,000 sq ft NIA extensive refurbishment of a 1980s office building with an original 1900s retained facade. The sensitive alterations to the ground floor fenestration combine with the upgrade of the windows and rear facade, rationalised roofscape and new terrace. Internally the proposals entail an enhanced retail offering and new office reception at grade, high quality office space upgrade, including reconfigured floorplates, new lifts, plant and equipment throughout, and cycle/shower facilities.  M3 led the team from initial feasibility options and continues to manage the design and planning process.

Project highlights


  • Leading the team through the planning consultation and application process
  • Enhancing the ground floor retail offering and office entrance experience/reception 
  • Innovative solution to Cat A HVAC design optimising floor to ceiling heights
  • Full 3D scan of existing occupied building completed to produce ‘as built’ 3D model for BIM purposes
  • Management of complex title and property issues