News > Planning Consent at the Royal Exchange

12 July 2018

Aukett Swanke are pleased to have gained planning and listed building consent for a series of improvements to the Grade I Listed Royal Exchange building in the City of London. These include a new F&B and retail outlet for Fortnum & Mason designed by Universal Design Studio, which will have as its focus a new island bar with an elegant tracery canopy in the centre of the iconic covered courtyard.

We have also redesigned the courtyard stairs to improve public access to the mezzanine level to encourage visitors to go up and view the Exchange’s historic murals. The stairs are designed as a sculptural transition to the upper level, using stone sympathetic to the existing material palette and delicate balustrades with an almond gold finish.

Aukett Swanke have worked on the Royal Exchange for successive owners for a period of over 35 years, starting with the extension and courtard roof redesign, continuing with the creation of a new retail strategy and its ongoing implementation over a number of decades. With this new project we continue our relationship with one of the City's most spectacular buildings and internal courtyards, now working with Oxford Properties, and we are proud to be part of the Exchange’s evolution.

The project is part of an extensive retail portfolio in our London studios for clients such as Azzedine AlaïaFenwickDunhill, Marks and Spencer, Huishan Zhang, Chrome Hearts and the Phillips Gallery and Auction House.

For more information, please contact Suzette Vela Burkett or Natalie Lee.


The Royal Exchange viewed from Bank junction


The courtyard of the Royal Exchange as it is at present


A visualisation of one of the new mezzanine stairs


A detail visualisation of one of the mezzanine stairs











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