Based in the heart of London’s financial district, Liberty Syndicates has taken up new office space at 20 Fenchurch Street, more commonly known as the Walkie Talkie.
The construction of the Leadenhall building was a pioneering feat. Rather than using a traditional concrete core, Laing O’rourke, used an external steel frame, more commonly used on bridges and offshore oil rigs. The frame, which is incorporated into the building’s exterior design, is the tallest in the world.
The distinctive slanted design of the building was born through the City of London Corporation’s request that the view of St. Pauls Cathedral from Fleet Street must not be obscured by a new building. The resulting wedge shape of the project lead it to being dubbed the ‘Cheesegrater’.
Famed for it’s unique design, the building was completed in 2014 by world renowned architect, Rafael Vinoly. Unlike most skyscrapers, the walkie talkie adopts a top-heavy shape which allows it to maximise space on the higher floors, the most expensive to rent. It also offers a free to use sky garden for the public, situated on the top three levels, which was one of the key factors in the building receiving planning permission.
Liberty Syndicates opted to make six floors of 20 Fenchurch Street their new London home, with a view to developing a modern and vibrant working space.
In a high usage, commercial environment, Allgood’s key brief was to provide a high performing ironmongery package. Grade 316 stainless steel Modric pull handles were supplied on all of the meeting room doors alongside matching accessories and overhead door closers.
In the bathroom areas, Allgood supplied a co-ordinated Modric range of signage, WC turns, coat hooks and escutcheons.