Peter Foggo – the late architect behind 1FA – originally worked in his hometown of Liverpool as a bank clerk before his work’s grand Victorian surroundings inspired him to take up architecture in the Fifties. Famous for designing the modernist 1963 Space House, Foggo’s work on 1FA has been hailed as an Eighties classic and a prototype for the type of buildings that the City of London needed: large floors and open atria.
Part of Foggo’s vision for 1FA included a wide street through the ground floor of the building that would be open to the public. Unfortunately, due to security issues, the first occupier cordoned off both ends of the space for receptions. Now, as part of the current refurbishment, this original enterprise is being honoured with an open and accessible central atrium restored between Wilson Street and Finsbury Avenue Square. Welcoming in the public will be 43,000 sq ft of space including new shops, restaurants, a gym and a boutique basement Everyman cinema.
The refurbishment will also conserve and refresh 1FA’s distinctive Grade II-listed exterior of external walkways, solar shading and diagonal rods and house approximately 244,000 sq ft of contemporary office space. Foggo’s groundbreaking ideas have never been more relevant.