Planning consent secured for Darling Associates’ revitalisation of 120 Moorgate

Planning consent has been secured from the City of London Corporation for the extensive refurbishment of 120 Moorgate. Award-winning architecture practice Darling Associates is appointed by Vengrove to design its revitalisation which will become the latest workspace for WeWork. 

120 Moorgate is a 133,494 sq ft mixed-use, predominantly office building located on the corner of Moorgate and South Place, on the northern boundary of the City of London, bordering the London Borough of Islington.

Darling Associates has been appointed to revitalise the existing building, through a robust architectural composition that unifies historic and contemporary design themes, maintaining each floor plate and without extending the overall massing. The proposed development will help to enhance 120 Moorgate and the contribution it makes to the surrounding Finsbury Circus area, delivering a building appropriate for this location and conservation area.

To meet the demands of a cutting edge contemporary workspace and to vastly improve the thermal and acoustic properties, the existing building will be stripped of its current facade and re-clad with an aesthetic contextual of its surroundings. Inside, existing office space to the upper floors will be refurbished, with gym facilities and a bicycle store added to the basement levels. On the seventh floor, a roof terrace will benefit from views across the city and a much higher level of sunlight, with planting kept to the perimeter edge to maximise usable space. 

The proposals will also offer the opportunity to boost the street frontage at the site, through improvements to the office entrance and to the retail frontages, thereby providing a more attractive and engaging experience for pedestrians passing the building. 

The basement levels will be reconfigured to accommodate more sustainable means of transport, by replacing the underground car park with a bike store, as well as a gym, aimed at improving the mental and physical wellbeing of the users of the building.

Damion Burrows, Director, Darling Associates, comments:

“As the Moorgate area is transformed in the lead up to the launch of Crossrail, 120 Moorgate represents a symbol of this important regeneration in the City of London. We are delighted to be working with Vengrove and WeWork to deliver this dynamic office development and the rejuvenation of this building will see this prime site transformed to be more in tune with its evolving surroundings.” 

Darling Associates will work with client Vengrove, planning consultant Gerald Eve, structural engineer Mason Navarro Pledge, and services consultant Sweco Ltd to deliver the project.