The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) is excited to announce that 71 Fenchurch Street will be open to the public in this year's Open House London event on Saturday 16 September.
Both the Collcutt and Rogers buildings will be open from 10:00-17:00 (last entry at 16:30). Admission is free for all and offers a fascinating insight into historic and contemporary architecture. For previous Open House London events, 71 Fenchurch Street has attracted a diverse range of visitors from architecture enthusiasts to maritime researchers. So much so that in 2015, over 2,000 people visited both buildings.
71 Fenchurch Street is a prime location for visitors, with travel links from Fenchurch Street Station, Aldgate and Liverpool Street within walking distance.
Entrance to the venue is via the Rogers main entrance of 71 Fenchurch Street. A one-way system will be in place throughout the day, with the venue exit being the Old Entrance of the Collcutt building.
No registration is required to visit the building. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
Built in 1901, the Collcutt building, named after the property's lead architect, Thomas Collcutt, was designed in the style of an impressive 16th century classical stone palazzo. Collcutt wanted the building to use first class materials installed by the finest firms. Work began on the site in January 1899 and was completed in December 1901. The Collcutt Building features a plethora of treasures and artworks, including works by Sir Frank Brangwyn, Professor Gerald Moira and Annie Field.
Visitors can see the Collcutt building's:
- Old Library
- Old Reception Hall
- Old Entrance
- Grand Staircase, with First and Second World War Memorial
- First Floor Landing
- ...and the jewel in the crown; the General Committee room
The Richard Rogers building, commonly referred to as the 'new building' was completed in 2000 and opened by Her Majesty the Queen.
Designed by the Richard Rogers partnership, now known as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the Rogers building has two glass and steel towers of and 12 and 14 storeys in the middle of the site. The building has won, or been shortlisted for a number of notable award since its completion, including the Civic Trust Award and World Architecture Award for Best Commercial Building in the World.
Visitors can see the Rogers building's:
- Courtyard including water feature Argosy
- Main Reception
- Central Atrium
Visitors to the building will also be able to see the Heritage & Education Centre's diverse treasure, artwork and ship plan collections. Collectible postcards, children's quiz sheets and bookmarks will also be freely available for the event, while stocks last.
Please note, in the afternoon, 71 Fenchurch Street will be welcoming a group accompanied by guide dogs.
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If you have any queries about the event, please contact Sean Clemenson or Louise Sanger.