Lehman Smith McLeish


Encompassing a mere square mile of area, the City of London exemplifies a dense urban fabric. Commercial real-estate developers have typically responded to crowded conditions by reaching skyward: two of London's three tallest buildings'the KPF-designed Heron Tower and Renzo Piano's Shard, both completed in 2010'are within this downtown core.

The opening of One New Change that same year demonstrates that not every contemporary icon requires a place in the skyline. Located directly across from St. Paul's Cathedral (itself a onetime record holder in building height), Jean Nouvel's mixed-use complex comprises 560,000 square feet on only six floors. The low-slung arrangement created equally sprawling interiors for office tenants like the law firm K&L Gates. Previously, its 380 London-based employees occupied 75,230 square feet on nine floors at 110 Cannon, a nondescript mid-rise building a half-mile east of the cathedral. The move honored a commitment to staying within the transit-accessible City area, while expanding to 102,000 square feet on only two floors.

The space did not seem entirely usable at first. To protect views of St. Paul's, Nouvel had sculpted the building shell into a series of facets that, in turn, diminished ceiling heights of some interiors overlooking the narrow courtyard. Washington, D.C.'based architect Lehman Smith McLeish (LSM) configured the law firm's public spaces within this zone to make limitations appear intentional, exemplified by a double-height multipurpose room there.

'It's clear to see how they have embraced and enhanced the architecture of the building,' says Kaela Fenn-Smith, head of leasing for Land Securities, which owns One New Change. Land Securities toured other potential tenants through the office to demonstrate the building's promise; it filled the last remaining vacancy in January.

Meanwhile, K&L Gates is reaping its own benefits from the scheme. The new office has 150 percent as much common space as the previous address. The design strategy, immediately embraced by employees, creates alternative work areas that promote connectivity to clients and within staff. During the first six months of occupancy, meeting bookings were 58 percent higher than in the same period the year prior; K&L averaged 385 meetings per month in 2011, increasing to 542 in 2012. Similarly, within that same year and a half, the London branch hosted 18 advertised events, compared with seven at 110 Cannon.

LSM interspersed double-occupancy workstations with teaming areas to encourage interaction among lawyers and support staff. Along with an iconic new address, the open, daylit floors and collaborative spaces have had a positive impact on employee output, client services, and, says administrative partner Antony Griffiths, lateral hiring from the firm's 47 other offices worldwide. This company shift of attorneys, with their clients, is largely responsible for boosting business and profits. According to chairman Peter Kalis, the London office increased revenue by 10 percent in 2011 and another 8 percent in 2012.

Architect/Interior Designer
Lehman Smith McLeish
1212 Banks, NW
Washington, DC 20007
P: (202) 295-4800
F: (202) 295-4857

Completion Date: May 2011

Gross square footage: 102,000 square feet

Total construction cost: withheld


K&L Gates
One New Change
London England EC4M 9AF
P: +44 (0)20.7648 9000
F: +44 (0)20.7648 9001

Peter Kalis, Chairman and Global Managing Partner
Bernard Morrissey, Chief Officer for Global Real Estate and Facilities
Antony Griffiths, Administrative Partner, London
Michael Johns, Senior Partner, London
Cecil Brett, Director of Administration, London

Architect/Interior Designer
Lehman Smith McLeish
1212 Banks, NW
Washington, DC 20007
P: (202) 295-4800
F: (202) 295-4857

In London: +44(0)75 7208 4696

Debra Lehman-Smith, Partner
Terese Wilson, Partner
Richard Bilski, Partner
Donald Morphy, Director
Gregory Weber, Director
Kelly Anderson, Designer

K&L Gates Global Real Estate Advisor
CB Richard Ellis
33 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02110
P: 617 912-7067
F: (617) 912-7001

David Fitzgerald, Global Advisor
Mark McAlister (Colliers International, formerly with CBRE), London Advisor          

Building Owner/Developer
Land Securities
5 Strand
London WC2N 5AF
United Kingdom
P: +44 (0) 20 7413 9000

Colette O’Shea, Development Director
Kaela Fenn-Smith, Head of Leasing

Project Manager:
Allen Stewart Harrington Limited
14-18 Old Street
London EC1V 9BH
P: +44 (0)20 7490 8686
F: +44 (0)20 7490 8777

Beverley Stewart, Principal

General Contractor:
ISG Interior Exterior PLC
Aldgate House
33 Aldgate High St.
P: (+44) (0)20 7247 1717
F: (+44) (0) 20 7499 8719

Paul Cossell, Managing Director
Mark Ashford, Project Director
Phil Jones, Project Manager


Hilson Moran
Shackleton House
Hay's Galleria
4 Battlebridge Lane
London, England SE1 2HP
P: +44 (0)20 7940 8888
F: +44 (0)20 7940 8801

Trevor Raynsford, Director
Andrew Grint, Project Director

Lighting Designer:
Seider Lighting Design
Spohienstrasse 21
10178 Berlin, Germany
P: +49 (0)30 2759 5539

Christopher Seider, Principal

Audio Visual
CMS Audio Visual
Eight Fletcher Place
Melville, NY 11747
P:  631.425-3000
F:  631.425-3001

One Castle Row, Horticultural Place
Chiswick, London, W4 4JQ
P:  +44 (0)20 8987 9222
F: +44 (0)20 8987 9111

Michael Schuch, Partner

Lisa Austin & Associates
1521 Alton Road
Miami, FL 33139
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Lisa Austin, Principal

The Velvet Principle
The Studio,
44 Steele Rd,
Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7HN
P: +44 (0)20 8744 9283

Sian Brereton, Director

Base Building Modifications Architect:
Sidell Gibson
Holford Mews
Cruikshank Street,
London, WC1X 9HW UK
P: +44 (0)20 3179 9000
F: +44 (0)20 3179 9001

Shahram Ameryour
Sanya Tomic

Construction Administration Support
98 Kew Road Richmond Upon Thames
London, United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 8332 1388
Gary Wheeler, Partner

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Arcaid Ltd
Parc House, Kingston upon Thames
Surrey, KT2 6DZ, United Kingdom

Mario Carrieri
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