Projects > The Royal Exchange
- Cornhill and Threadneedle Street
- Client: Oxford Properties
- Services: Architecture
Aukett Swanke has been architect to the Grade I listed Royal Exchange for over 35 years for successive owners. This began with the design and construction of the two floor office extension and new courtyard roof, and continues with the creation and evolution of a retail strategy for the building. We added retail units to the newly reopened public courtyard in the early 2000s, reinstating its original use, and which sit within the historic colonnade with a mezzanine level above, and are now occupied by some of the world’s most recognised luxury brands.
The Royal Exchange now hosts Fortnum & Mason with a quadrant retail unit and an island bar (designed by Universal Design Studio) with an elegant tracery canopy, which is situated in the centre of the historic courtyard.
We have redesigned the courtyard floor referencing the pattern on the original paving, as well as the stairs to the mezzanine level which are designed to encourage visitors to view the Exchange’s historic murals. The stairs are designed as a sculptural transition to the upper level, using a stone which is sympathetic to the existing material palette and delicate balustrades with an almond gold finish.
With this new project, and now working with Oxford Properties, we continue our relationship with one of the City’s most spectacular and most-loved buildings. We are proud to be part of the Exchange’s continuing evolution.