Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)

One Moorgate Place, London

One Moorgate Place is the elegant headquarters of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Steeped in cultural heritage, the Grade II listed building is an architectural mix of 19th-century original features, art-deco design, and contemporary event facilities and office space.

As a world leading professional membership organisation, with more than 150,000 global members, the ICAEW needed an extensive renovation that would modernise its office environment and Council Chamber. Using our experience of bringing historic buildings up to 21st century standards, the ICAEW now benefits from a state-of-the-art office space that seamlessly blends the history and future of the building.


Project: Construction, Fit Out

Sector: Commercial, Historic

Size: 30,000 sq ft

Programme: 71 weeks

Contract: JCT Traditional

Procurement: Two-stage


Architect: Perkins & Will

PM: Jones Lang LaSalle

PQS: Rider Levett Bucknall

Services: Troup Bywaters & Anders

Structural: Waterman Group

A plush lecture hall with access to a microphone from each chair

The Project

Built in 1893, One Moorgate Place has an enviable location close to Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Bank underground stations. As well as being home to extensive event, conferencing and teaching facilities, the building also provides ICAEW with five floors of office space.

To create a contemporary, open-plan working environment for its team, ICAEW appointed 8build to fully refurbish levels 5-9 of the building. In addition, the scheme involved partial renovations to level 2, the addition of a lightwell infill to create a new lounge space for the fully refurbished chamber, and extensions of level 9 to create additional office space.


Prioritising Safety

Due to the building’s age and the extensive renovations it had been subject to throughout its history, there were large amounts of asbestos throughout the building. The safe management and removal of this element were coordinated by our team to maintain the programme and protect both staff and operatives.


Conserving History

Throughout the build, our team followed the expert advice from English Heritage on the protection of listed elements. Meticulous adherence to the approved architectural layouts meant we delivered a refurbishment that honoured the history of the building while ensuring its preservation for contemporary use.

An office space under a circular skylight


Enabling Occupation

Our strategic project planning meant the client could maintain occupation of the building throughout the development. Carefully managed phasing and sensitive handling of all interfaces with live parts ensured the ICAEW could keep its vital commercial space operational as normal.

Carrying out major works in a fully occupied building with the added challenge of large scale events taking place isn’t a builder’s ideal situation… but your team made every effort to minimise the disruption and carry out work to a high standard.

Gary Johnston, Head of Facilities, ICAEW

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