The Grade 1 Listed Royal Exchange is one of the most acclaimed buildings in the City of London. Originally built by Sir Thomas Gresham it has been the focus of the Square Mile for over 400 years.
The current building was constructed in the 1840s after the second Royal Exchange burned down.
CampbellReith was engaged as structural engineers for the £6m refurbishment. The new works included a new mezzanine floor for prestigious restaurants and shops around the courtyard ambulatory.
A new lift shaft had to be installed to give access to the basement areas. The building’s historical status required that no direct fixing into the building was allowed for the new mezzanine floors. For this reason, the new steel frames had to be fully moment-connected heavy sections: these provide the stability and solidity required for the new suspended floors.
As part of coordinating the services and structure in the refurbished building, the ground and first floor are serviced from the new first floor service void.