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DMFK Revamps City of London Landmark

De Metz Forbes Knight Architects (dMFK) has finished its remake of Salter’s Hall in the City of London.

The Grade II-listed Livery hall and office building, which was one of the last structures designed by Sir Basil Spence, has been both extended and refurbished. The Brutalist style building consists of approximately 5,000 square metres of floor space spread out over seven floors above the basement.

After being awarded the job in 2006, the practice explored ways of improving the public visibility, sustainability, and office areas at Salter’s Hall. The £12m scheme had an established goal of integrating the building more completely into its changed urban surroundings while preserving and even enhancing its unique design.

The new design, while paying tribute to the original aesthetic of the 1970s, improves and enhances the different spaces in the building by using innovative installations and materials. It replaced the unassuming, low-key entryway with a spacious and welcoming entrance pavilion, which creates a more momentous sense of arrival than the previous design. A glass roof and full-height glazing between the original and new structures create broader views of the underside of the ceremonial staircase on the east side.  Other alterations have increased the amount of space available for let by 40%.

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Salt-related sculptures are featured throughout the building, from the dangling overhead light with salt-shaped bulbs that illuminates the ceremonial staircase to the salt-coloured Tivoli Travertine Classico flooring and hammered white concrete exterior.

The new design also facilitates greater access to the heritage assets around the Hall, which include the remnants of St. Alphage and the old London Wall.

dMFK completed the Salter’s Hall project in May 2016. The premises, which were fully let immediately, also won a City of London Building of the Year Special Livery Award from the Company of Chartered Architects.

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