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Martin Charles Download Original
- Begun: Jun 1981
- Completed: Nov 1986
- Floor area: 55,000m2
- Sector: Office
- Total cost: £75M
- Funding: Private
- Address: 1 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA , United Kingdom
- Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- Project architects: Chris Wilkinson, Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour, John McAslan, Peter St. John, Richard Rogers
- Client: Lloyd's of London
- Main contractor: Bovis
- Lighting consultant: Friedrich Wagner
- Structural engineer: Arup
- Services engineer: Arup
- Quantity surveyor: Monk and Dunstone
- Planning consultant: Montagu Evans
High-rise 14-storey office block that is home to the insurance institution Lloyd's of London
The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. The internal spaces are uncluttered as services, staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes are placed on the exterior. Modular in plan, each floor can be altered with the addition or removal of partitions and walls.
The buildings' focal point is the large ground floor Underwriting Room (often simply known as 'the Room'). The room is overlooked by galleries, forming a 60 metre high atrium lit naturally through a huge barrel-vaulted glass roof.
The first four galleries open onto the atrium space, and are connected by escalators through the middle of the structure. The higher floors are glassed-in, and can only be reached via the outside lifts.
The 11th floor houses the Committee Room, an 18th century dining-room designed by Robert Adam, which was transferred piece-by-piece from the previous Lloyd's building.