4 Cannon Street-Roman, German, Wren, modern

On Wed 24th Feb 2016 at 11:30 we will be meeting at the Cannon Street entrance to Cannon Street Station

Send Natalie an email if you will be coming so that we know whom to expect.

I have found a very useful web site


I wish I had found the site before we visited the Walkie Talkie building.  All the modern buildings I have looked up to date have been steel buildings, and the site has interesting articles on the problems each site posed and the solutions the architects and structural engineers came up with.

Cannon Street station, The Wallbrook building and 60 Victoria Street all have interesting entries on the site.

Cannon Street Station and Steelyard


Lübeck, Bremen and Hamburg only sold their common property, the London Steelyard, to the South Eastern Railway in 1852.[5]Cannon Street station was built on the site and opened in 1866.


Before the present building there was an hotel which was badly damaged in the war.  Two towers are all that remain of that traditional building.  The next development involved the corrupt architect John Poulson.  It was a boring glass box.   The present development is designed by Foggo Associates. It won the award for “Large Station of the Year” at the 2013 National Rail Awards.

http://foggo.com/portfolio/ lists other developments including

  • 111 Old Broad Street (1998)
  • 131 Finsbury Pavement (1999)
  • 60 Queen Victoria Street (1999)
  • 280 Bishopsgate (2001)
  • 25 Moorgate (2002)
  • Caxton Hall (2004)
  • Drapers Gardens (2009)
  • 60-70 St Mary Axe  (Planning Approval)
  • Cannon Sreet Station (2011)
  • Cannon Place (2011)
  • Table (2012)

Note the large gap between completed projects

London Stone

In 211 Cannon Street we see the London Stone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Stone

80 Cannon Street

At first glance 80 Cannon Street looks similar to the neighbouring station, but it was completed in 1976.  According to the Skyscrapernew.com site the exoskeleton is made of pipes designed to carry water to cool the building if there was a fire.  This is an idea which never caught on.  The steel exoskeleton means that the building has no internal columns. When the building was being planned it was thought that the proposed Jubilee line would go under it, and Arups designed the building to take that into account.


The Wallbrook Building
2011, Fosters

has lots of links which explain the construction of the building.  I hope to read them before the outing.


is a short video explaining why the building is a steel building.

Other links are




To read about other buildings eg 20 Fenchurch Street, I have to register with bdonline  http://www.bdonline.co.uk/register?origin=RegBarrier


St Stephens Walbrook

This is the best Wren Church.  It was the church in which he worshipped.  With its dome it is like a miniature St Pauls.  We can slip it in as modern because it has an altar made by Henry Moore.  Chad Varah founded The Samaritans when he was the priest at St Stephens.  The church also contains lovely furniture designed by Chad’s son Andrew.



Behind St Stephens we see the back of Rothchilds’ headquarters New Court.