Construction of The Walbrook Building commenced in the summer of 2007. The building was completed in February 2010. The project comprised the redevelopment of three properties – St. Swithin’s House, Granite House and Walbrook House. The development is named after the river that runs below the street that has been covered since Victorian times. In a more ancient sense the name Walbrook is believed to stem from the fact that the river, or brook, ran near the City Wall.
The Walbrook Building has been designed by Foster & Partners and it provides 451,190 ft2 of accommodation over 10 office floors, including 382,786 ft2 of office; 39,751 ft2 of retail and 28,653 ft2 of tenant storage/plant. In addition there are 21 car parking (including 4 disabled), 81 motorcycle and 253 bicycle spaces.
A distinctive design respects the historic context of Walbrook yet is uncompromisingly modern. The horizontal fins create an elegant outer skin which plays a key role in ensuring this is an environmentally friendly building. The exterior of The Walbrook Building is encased with solar shading which helps keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thus improving energy efficiency.