News 11.07.2022

Thavies Inn gains planning approval

The City of London's planning committee has given resolution to grant planning consent for the redevelopment of Thavies Inn House on Holborn Circus.

Located at the southern side of Holborn Circus between New Fetter Lane and St Andrew Street, the new ten-storey building, designed by architects WilkinsonEyre for client Evan Randall Investors, will deliver 89,000 sq ft of workspace as well as 2,000 sq ft of ground-floor retail.

The proposals will involve a range of whole-life carbon and circular principles, as well as an emphasis on biophilia to improve the well-being of the employees. Alongside the office accommodation, the proposal also brings forward a new south-facing public park, restoring greenery to the area and creating a green oasis for workers and the public in this part of the City.

Gillespies is delivering the public realm, landscape and green infrastructure design, which also includes enhancements to St Andrew's Street with new paving, trees, seating and planters, and the creation of a new east to west public alleyway connecting New Fetter Lane with Thavies Inn.

Stephen Richards, Project Director at Gillespies, said:

"We are delighted that Thavies Inn House has been given planning permission. Taking a holistic approach to the landscape design, we believe Thavies Inn will lead the way in demonstrating how nature can be fully integrated into the fabric of the architecture; improving the thermal comfort levels and the performance of the building, reducing air pollution and making a significant contribution to the quality of the pedestrian experience and local biodiversity."

Images courtesy of WilkinsonEyre