Bevis Marks Development


Architect: Fletcher Priest


Bevis Marks is a commercial office building located in The City of London in the immediate neighbourhood of 30 St. Mary's Axe tower (The Gherkin), and the 230m high Heron Tower. Amid the high rise buildings of the City, the development benefits from impressive views south towards the River Thames and Tower Bridge, North East towards Spitalfields and West towards the City's centre.

The focus of the scheme was the proposed roof gardens on the eleventh, fifteenth and sixteenth floors. The linear design on the terraces reflects the strong vertical form of the glass stripes on the building facade. The pattern extends further onto the terrace though raised planter edges and paving bands which create a strong continuous link between the architecture and landscape. The way this has been interpreted varies subtly as you move up the building roof levels, which adds interest and character to the detail.
The terraces provide green spaces for office workers that contrast with the harsh urban environment and are used for relaxation and views from within the office. The planting character is subtly different on each level but with a common theme and was challenged in particular by the propitious microclimate formed beneath an ETFE roof shelter. The design incorporates Sedum species and wildflower mixes as well as insect habitats and bird boxes, all of which aim to enhance biodiversity in the City.

At ground level the design aims to enhance the adjacent public realm by improving the quality of paving materials which blends in with the surrounding streets, creating visual continuity and a high quality entrance space. The rear of the building has been adapted to provide an outdoor cafe and seating space for the use of office workers, creating a more intimate place within the canopy covered courtyard.