Bracken House, City of London Architecture, Albert Richardson Building, Architect

Bracken House London Building

Office Building in City of London, England, UK – original design by Albert Richardson

post updated 18 June 2021

Bracken House London

Bracken House – redevelopment, 1 Friday St, City of London
Dates of renewal: 1989-91/2
Design: Michael Hopkins & Partners

New photographs from 12 Nov 2012:

Bracken House London Office Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Original building Grade II listed

Bracken House, 1 Friday St / 10 Cannon Street, City of London, EC4
Dates built: 1955-59
Design: Albert Richardson

Bracken House London Office Building
photo © Adrian Welch

This used to be the premises of the Financial Times newspaper. It was an H-shaped building with a central printing hall, flanked by two opposing wings of offices.

Hopkins Architects won the architectural competition to redevelop the building.

Bracken House London Office Building
photo © Adrian Welch

This building is named after Bernard Bracken, former chairman of the Financial Times, which was published here until the 1980s – the printing process moved to the burgeoning Docklands area to the east.

The building was among the first post-war buildings in the City to be listed and its redevelopment retained the entire outside facade, including the elegant astronomical clock approximately 1m in diameter bearing at its centre a face of Winston Churchill, a personal friend of Bernard Bracken. The work of Philip Bentham in gilt metal and enamel, it has echoes of the formality and sophistication of a dial. Embellished with Roman numerals, it depicts months of the year, signs of the zodiac and a sunburst motif.

Bracken House Photo Bracken House London
photos © Adrian Welch

The original printing hall was demolished and replaced by new dealing floors.

Client: Obayashi Europe BV

Bracken House renewal architect : Michael Hopkins

Albert Richardson

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Location: 1 Friday Street, London, England, UK

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