[ The New London Effect : ONE NEW CHANGE ] By Jean Nouvel, London, England, United Kingdom
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One New Change is a major office and retail development in the City of London (the "City"), London, United Kingdom.
It comprises a total of 560,000 sq feet (52,024 sq metres) of floor space, including 220,000 sq feet of retail space and 330,000 sq feet of office space and is the City's only large, modern shopping centre.It cost £500 million to construct and was completed in October 2010.
The centre is located at Cheapside, one of the areas within the City historically associated with retailing and markets, and is very close by St Paul's Cathedral. The nearest tube station is St Paul's (Central line), though Mansion House (District & Circle lines) is not much further, in the opposite direction.
Around 60 shops and restaurants are available at One New Change, including Topshop, Next, Nando's, H&M, Hobbs, Banana Republic, Reiss, Zizzi's, Hugo Boss, TM Lewin and Calvin Klein Underwear. The Barbecoa "BBQ" restaurant and butcher is a joint-venture by Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry-Lang. The shopping centre is open 7 days a week, which is notable as in recent times most shops and restaurants in the City are closed at the weekends.
The development's sensitive location opposite St Paul's Cathedral and modern architecture led to some controversy during its planning and construction, including criticism from The Prince of Wales. The architect was Jean Nouvel and the developer was Land Securities. The new 8-storey, 40m high centre replaced a 11-storey, 40m high building constructed in the 1950s for the Bank of England which was later demolished in 2007. Its appearance has given it the nickname "the stealth bomber".
The shopping centre opened its doors to the public on 28 October 2010, at 12noon. The roof terrace, with its restaurant and cafe, opened on 18 November 2010. In the spring of 2011 a Gordon Ramsay restaurant — the Bread Street Kitchen — is due to open at the centre too.
One New Change lies entirely within Bread Street ward. Its name derives from the road running between it and the cathedral, called New Change, itself a post-War creation, replacing a much older street named Old Change. It is bounded by Cheapside to the north, Bread Street to the east, Watling Street to the south and New Change to the west. Within the centre, the north-south arcade is called Cheapside Passage and the east-west arcade is New Change Passage.
Meet The Architect:
Jean Nouvel (born August 12, 1945) is a French architect. Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l'Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (technically, the prize was awarded for the Institut du Monde Arabe which Nouvel designed), the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. A number of museums and architectural centres have presented retrospectives of his work.
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Each new situation requires a new architecture.
--- Jean Nouvel