2 Gresham Street

In the heart of the City of London, this 8-storey headquarters building underwent demolition and extensive refurbishment works, with stunning results.


Client brief

Opposite Goldsmiths' Hall in the heart of the City of London, the site is at 2 Gresham Street and is bounded by Foster Lane and St Martin’s Le Strand. This 8-storey headquarters building underwent demolition and refurbishment works, completed to Category ‘A’ standard.

The works consisted of retaining the existing envelope with general refurbishment to reception space and CAT A office accommodation, alterations to core configuration and atria infills, and replacement of capital plant plus new rooftop terrace.

Our scope

On the Gresham Street elevation, Vision Arch designed and installed new FWS-60+ structural glazing / curtain walling to the reception with new concealed frame double height glazing design on the upper ground to first floor.
The St Martin’s Le Grand facade incorporated a new existing glazing / curtain walling to the second entrance with new concealed frame glazing design on the upper ground to first floor.
The final elevation on Foster Lane provided with a new existing glazing / curtain walling with new concealed frame glazing design on the upper ground to first floor.
Main entrances to the building were supplied and installed with glazed, semi-automatic, DDA-compliant pass doors.
Elsewhere, Vision Arch provided curtain walling to the internal atrium rising from the bottom of the upper ground floor to the top of the seventh floor. The full height atrium lift columns and sides were cladded with metal cladding / spandrel panels complete with a bronze finish and integrated LED strip lighting.
Roof level incorporated a new Schuco capped curtain walling system with clear glazing, double glazed bi-folding doors leading out to the roof terrace and double leaf semi-automatic pass door including access control.


Key challenges

Challenge 1

Successfully managing and maintaining the programme for the curtain walling manufacture and installation during the 2019/20 pandemic. 

Challenge 2

Managing onsite ‘close working’ arrangements whilst adhering to the Government Construction Leadership Council (CLC) guidelines on social distancing.


The result

The refurbishment of 2 Gresham Street was completed to an excellent standard. The new atrium allows light to flood down into the core of the building during the day and at night. The integrated LED lighting provides a real architectural feature to the finished space.

Detailed Product Listing:

  • Schuco FWS 50 Capped Curtain Walling
  • Schuco VISS EI60 Fire Rated Curtain Walling
  • Schuco ASS 70 Aluminium Sliding Folding Doors
  • Architectural Metalwork / Aluminium Cladding
  • DDA Underfloor Operated Pass Door
  • Boon Edam Crystal Tourniket Revolving Doors
  • Refurbishment Works

What we did


Making H&S and Environment priority

Excellent performance review for making Health, Safety & the Environment a priority when carrying out our duties


Top 10 Construction Works Partner

Continually appraised in top 10 Construction Works Partner Performance Review


Excellent Performance for Programme

Excellent performance review for programme in particular “having sped up programme to give team clear dates”

Vision Arch are one of our premier structural glazing supply chain partners.
Operationally, Vision have consistently delivered and always score in the top 5% of works partners. Their installation of glazing on this project was an especially notable achievement from them.
Vision are our structural glazing contractor of choice and we can rely on them to support and deliver on our most intricate projects.

John Meek, Head of Supply Chain - Willmott Dixon Interiors