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Old March 26th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Goldman Sachs Headquarters | City of London | 9 fl | Demo

The new Goldman Sachs HQ development on Shoe Lane and Farringdon Street, near Holborn in The City has been approved today. The building will be 9 floors.

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Goldman Sachs London HQ plan approved
Aaron Morby | Tue 26th March | 7:24


Goldman Sachs plans to move to a new site near Crossrail's Farringdon Station

Plans for a new headquarters for US investment bank Goldman Sachs in the City of London have been approved.

The investment bank aims to build a 1.2m sq ft office complex near Holborn Viaduct in central London on the site of the existing 13-storey Fleet Building at Shoe Lane.

Goldham Sach’s development arm estimates the nine-storey building would take around four years to build, including demolition, and employ around 500 construction workers annually.

Full planning is subject to a formal response from the London Mayor and a section 106 agreement.

Once cleared, Goldman Sachs will go ahead with the demolition of the empty 1960s former telephone exchange that fronts Farringdon Street and Shoe Lane. Construction is then expected to start in early 2014.

The project team includes architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, cost consultant EC Harris and structural engineer WSP.

The area is currently being revitalised with several major office schemes in the pipeline ahead of the Crossrail’s Farringdon station opening as a major London transport interchange.


Existing former telephone exchange building awaiting demolition.




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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:36 PM   #2
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Disgusting obviously because its Goldman Sachs this was approved.Whats good about this building?
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:20 PM   #3
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The present building looks better. Austerity Goldman style?
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:45 PM   #4
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Awesome building, another positive for London's skyline, get the wrecking ball on that telephone exchange building now!
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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The present building looks better. Austerity Goldman style?
Can't be serious?
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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He has got to be joking....although some ppl like brutalism.

For me that concrete mess is an embarrassment on our city's skyline as are all the other similar buildings in London. These buildings are dominating, unwelcoming, dirty looking. When I see one of these buildings demolished it is such a relief. It is like cleansing the city of crap. Feels as good as having a much needed dump.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #7
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Goldman are so stingy it's unbelievable. There will be people in that building earning £20m per annum, and yet the building looks like every other crappy office block... and their contribution to the streetscape is just a ring of bomb-proof bollards.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #8
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Shame Goldman Sachs took no interest in re-installing the Grade 2 listed Dorothy Annan murals that ran across the front of the old building.



They've now been respositioned at the Barbican.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #9
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The present building looks better. Austerity Goldman style?
I assume he means the building Goldmans are currently in on Fleet Street rather than this sh*theap.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:25 AM   #10
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The one in the picture just above is far worse than this one (which isn't actually all that bad)

I'll take it in my city if you all don't want it!
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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This building, whilst an improvement on the derelict buildings at present is quite a 90’s throwback. Huge groundscrapers that don’t do anything for the wider area. Would it have been that bad to at least open up some of the site?

I can’t see this project being the must see thread when it eventually starts construction.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #13
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Quite easy to see why the design is so bland - had it been 'interesting', there would be the inevitable uproar about the occupiers.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 12:59 PM   #14
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I quite like this one.

I used to work in the Shoe Lane/Fetter Lane region about 20 years ago - it was a pretty miserable place back then and the recent-ish developments in the area have improved it beyond measure.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #15
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well the second render is much better.. but groundscapers are still the jabba the hutts of urban design
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Old March 27th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #16
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I quite like this one.

I used to work in the Shoe Lane/Fetter Lane region about 20 years ago - it was a pretty miserable place back then and the recent-ish developments in the area have improved it beyond measure.
It has improved but the area between Chancery Lane and Fleet Street/Ludgate Hill is still pretty dull. There are newer, nicer buildings but the area is hemmed in and quite sterile/bland. The boarded up telephone exchange building on Shoe Lane (fortunately being demolished as part of this development) only adds to the dull atmosphere of the area. They really need to attract more retail/leisure outlets to this corner of the City. If they did then it could become a warren of interesting streets, but at present it's just boring and lifeless.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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the whole area is devoid of a feeling of a desire to visit let alone hang about in! It has become a enroute location despite the desperate hollow rebranding exercise from the estate agents. Certainly as far between Smithfields and Middle/Outer Temple upto Holborn, I guess its the flaw of this area, with a preference give to office space where its attractive to big occupiers but we cant build tall because of St Pauls. Not much scope for mixed mode buildings here.

This building reminds me of the Sainsburys building and that new one next to Holborn Viaduct where they probably looked shiny at the beginning but soon become forgettable and a tad irritating. I don't particularly mind the sold bulk with clean lines, it isn't unattractive it's just devoid of anything offering a moment of intrigue or distraction to create a diversion. New Fetter Lane is of similar bland corporate architecture but like More London and Broadgate complex etc manage to provide a certain pull and personality.

There was talk of opening up the river fleet along Farringdon Road but nothing came of it, this area certainly needs a big statement scheme like that to make it worthy of its history.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #18
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Ahh well - each to his own.

I like the Sainsbury building, especially in comparison to the Mirror building that it replaced.

The area has always been a bit a no-man's land between the city and the west end -but its a whole lot better than it used to be
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sure its clean, solid, certainly not unattractive, I guess the area has too many big monolithic blocks built since the 1970s replacing the previous Victorian fancies that titillated with superfluous detail and skyline intrigue. The area needs something a long the lines of a statement piece to distract from the clean lines and dull cavenorous 1970s road layouts. The Smithfields redevelopment could go either way and the uncovering of the River Fleet is unlikely. Shame Goldman Sachs couldnt do a More London or Broadgate. Dam those sightlines, although Fetter Lane seemed to get away with poking up rather awkwardly!
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This is an astonishing amount of space in one building, this is slightly more than the Minerva Tower if I'm not mistaken. It was obvious the City were never going to say no to Goldman Sachs, but their arrogance knows no bounds.

This has to be one of if not the last, massive 1960s post-war plots in the City capable of taking schemes like this. It makes you wonder what the City would have done if this amount of space wasn't available.
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