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Giles Martin, Director of WilkinsonEyre and David Seel, Managing Director of Robert Bird Group will be in conversation with Michael Cassidy, Chairman Ebbsfleet Garden City.
Giles and David have led from inception the delivery of 21 Moorfields, an ambitious oversite development above Moorgate LUL and Crossrail stations. The scheme, for Landsec, provides more than 550,000ft² of new commercial space and will upon completion become the new London headquarters for Deutsche Bank. The design – effectively a 12 storey bridge - has been made possible through a highly innovative structural steel frame and incorporates the highest capacity piles ever built in London (all achieved without closing the Circle line for a single day). The scheme appears to float over the new Crossrail station and includes two new public City spaces and a new Highwalk link to the Barbican from Moorgate. The structural frame allowed the optimisation of this central site and for the long overdue replacement of low density office blocks dating from the 1960s, which had lain empty for 15 years.
The design team will also explain how advance planning determined the complex piling grid around the existing Underground station and accommodated the footprint of the Crossrail station being delivered beneath the site; making use of a ‘super-pile’ put in by Crossrail in anticipation of the over-site development above.