Bury House lies within Aldgate, a district within the City of London with a long and varied history.
The name Aldgate refers to a large gateway that existed spanning the Roman-built road to Colchester and was used to defend the City of London on a number of occasions. In 1698, London’s oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, was founded within the ward. Today, the area is the centre of the UK’s insurance industry.
The current building was built in 1967, on the site of 19th Century terraced properties, as City of London evolved into the economic powerhouse it is today.
The current building was built in the 1960s, and fails to take full advantage of the prominent location in which it is placed.
It is currently only home to office space, and there are no opportunities in its current form to provide active frontages or increase the public realm access, or indeed any other benefits to the community such as greening.
The structure of the building makes renovation unfeasible and only a full redevelopment can facilitate the changes necessary to improve the site, and its contribution to the wider area.
Considering the prominent location of the site, there is the opportunity for a new high-quality building which meets modern office standards, has exemplary standards of sustainability and provides far greater benefits to the local community than is currently possible.
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