71 Fenchurch Street will once again be participating in this year's Open House London event. On Saturday 22 September, for one day only, the general public will be able to walkthrough the historic Collcutt building (completed in 1901) and the Richard Rogers building (completed in 2000). In previous years, the site has attracted thousands of visitors.
The Collcutt Building
In December 1901, Lloyd's Register took possession of its new building at 71 Fenchurch Street, London. Thomas Collcutt used elaborate decoration to achieve complexity and richness in his design, which now contrasts strongly with the modernity of the Richard Rogers building, completed in 2000. The Collcutt building includes works by Frank Lynn Jenkins, Bertram Pegram, Sir Frank Brangywn and Gerald Moira (plus much more!).
Rooms available for viewing - Old Reception Hall, Journal Room, Old Library, Grand Staircase, Old Chairman's Office, First Floor Landing, General Committee Room
The Richard Rogers Building
The modern structure of glass, steel and concrete soars from the ground. Like Collcutt's original, the building is a product of its time. In typical Rogers' style, it wears its components on the outside. The main lifts and stairs are on the view at the front, behind full-height glazing. Inside, the building's structure of concrete and steel is also on display. The result is a building of details and complexity without the use of ornamentation. The energy-saving concepts used also influenced the building's design and appearance.
The architects started on the brief in 1995 and work on site began in 1996. The building was completed in 2000 and opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November of that year. Today, it sill attracts much attention from visitors to London.
Rooms available for viewing - Main Courtyard, Reception, Main Atrium
The location offers a unique experience for all. The site will also have giveaways, new exhibitions and plenty more surprises!