JRA has completed the major retrofit of grade II* listed Bracken House in the City of London for client Obayashi Corporation.
Originally designed by Sir Albert Richardson as The Financial Times headquarters and then later remodelled by Michael Hopkins and Partners in the high-tech style, JRA has unified the two designs and upgraded the building to meet 21st century standards.
Key interventions to the 200,000 sq ft office building include creating internal courtyards between the historic wings and the newer floorplates, new lighting and adaptations to the atrium roof, enlargement of the entrance halls, and all new efficient services. JRA has also created a large roof terrace as an amenity for occupants, which features natural planting and a running track with unrivalled views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The sensitive refurbishment has made it possible for the FT to return to the iconic building and it is currently being fit out.