One New Change

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Sidell Gibson Architects, London, 2010


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Facade to Cheapside 

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  • Facade to Cheapside    
  • View towards St Paul    
  • Roof top view of One New Change complex from St Paul    
  • Cheapside facade with St Paul    
  • Facacde on Cheapside    
  • Arcade entrance on Watling street looking north through aracde    
  • Watling street lobby with escalators leading to offices    
  • View towards elevator from new change    
  • View out of arcade    
  • First floor arcade looking towards Cheapside    
  • Sidell Gibson    
  • Typical office floorplate    
  • Rooftop terrace    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Working detail. Office facade    

Office and retail complex occupying an entire city block alongside St Paul's Cathedral, London

Nick-named the ‘Stealth Bomber’, after the radar-proof combat plane that inspired its faceted form, the building replaces Victor Heal’s 1960 Bank of England complex. The £300 million development consists of three retail floors with 60 shops and four floors containing 35,000m2 of office space, for 3,000 workers, topped by a public roof terrace.

Essential to the design were the maintenance of viewing corridors to St Paul’s and the retention of the site’s public spaces. Huge passageways have been carved into the building establishing routes through the complex and creating a cruciform arcade, allowing pedestrian connections across the site. Views of St Paul’s are opened up at various areas around the site, framed by glass-lined steel-frame cliffs.

The elevation on Cheapside is more than 100m long. It’s façade consists of 4,300 uniquely shaped glass panels, each with a minutely detailed frit. Other materials used in the project include limestone, shiny metals, and mirrors.

The BREEAM Excellent rated building has a strong environmental emphasis with the use of geothermal pumps.


  • Begun: Aug 2007
  • Completed: Oct 2010
  • Floor area: 83,732m2
  • Sectors: Retail, Office
  • Total cost: £300M
  • Procurement: Construction management
  • CO2 Emissions: 103kg/m2/year
  • Address: One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom

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