The Old Rectory is a piece of history in the heart of the City of London– a glistening fragment of the past, flanked by edifices of glass and steel. Spread over five floors of a nineteenth century former residence, the interior has been sensitively restored by the award winning architect Mary Duggan to celebrate its original features, while accommodating all the requirements of an ambitious modern business and the discerning people it works with and employs.

A mix of open-plan spaces and enclosed rooms provides venues for both collaboration and privacy, catering to different styles and paces of working. Contemporary fittings sit alongside specially crafted furniture, imbuing these areas with depth and character. The connection to the building’s past is embodied in the details – the welcoming entrance, the spacious stairwell, the smell of wood and the generous views out of the windows. Through these windows, natural light and fresh air flood in, while looking outwards reveals that you are located deep in the heart of the City of London. Turn in again, and you can see the solid brick casing of the historic bell tower that runs through the core of the building – a symbol of endurance in fast-changing times.

Architect –  Mary Duggan Architects
Heritage Consultant – Purcell
Structural Engineer – Engineers HRW
M&E Engineer –  Integration
Contractor –  Chelsea Construction Company
Quantity Surveyor –  Stockdale
Photographer – Lorenzo Zandri

Architect’s Journal
Architecture Today
City A.M. Printed edition 5 August 2022 issue