The sequence of entry is expressive and punctuated with joyful moments
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for London Square
Contract value: £27.5m
GIA: 16,000 m²
Cost per m²: £1,719
Upper Richmond Road is a fine example of how to create a place that responds to its city context, brings life to the street and offers commercial activity where suitable. The urban block as built was delivered in two phases. The architect has skilfully addressed this by the creation of a south-facing courtyard around which both blocks wrap.
Circulation to the cores is sliced through the centre of the plan which is entered from hard-landscaped west-facing courtyard. A sense of place is given by an associated low-rise commercial unit which allows southern light into the space and a striking diagonal of green glazed brick that suggests entrance. The sequence of entry is both expressive and punctuated with joyful moments. The overall effect of the staggering, wrapping and slicing of space creates a lively and enjoyable civic aesthetic suggestive of a place to shop, work, live and play.