Description of New Bracken House
New Bracken House is a redevelopment of the Grade II* listed Bracken House in the City of London EC4.
Designed by John Robertson Architects, New Bracken House will provide 270,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space.
Financial Times moved back to Bracken House in 2018.
The nearest tube station is Mansion House 160m (Circle and District Line); St. Paul's. (Central Line) is 350m from here.
Originally completed in 1959, Bracken House was named after Brendan Bracken, former chairman of the Financial Times, which was published here until the 1980s. The building was among the first post-war buildings in the City to be listed and its redevelopment retained the entire outside facade, including the elegant astronomical clock approximately 1 metre in diameter bearing at its centre a face of Winston Churchill, a personal friend of Brendan Bracken.
The work of Philip Bentham in gilt metal and enamel, it has echoes of the formality and sophistication of a dial. Embellished with Roman numerals, it depicts months of the year, signs of the zodiac and a sunburst motif.
The New Bracken House project completed in Q3 2018.
In 2019, Skanska won a £1.7m Facilities Management contract. The contract is for three years with the option to extend for a further two. The contract was secured in competitive tender following the work carried out by the mechanical and electrical team, which included the replacement of interior services and facilities over nine floors. The team also delivered the mechanical and electrical engineering, plumbing and heating installations for both the shell and core and category A and category B fit-out.