Paternoster Square was bombed during World War Two and redeveloped in the 1960s in a monolithic modernist style including a raised podium that quickly fell from favour.
The project had to surmount considerable challenges, including a congested site and complex below ground conditions; complicated ownership patterns and legal constraints imposed by the proximity of St Pauls.
To ensure its commercial success, the new buildings surrounding the square were designed to incorporate the large floor plates and environmental services required by the City. Historic gateway Temple Bar was re-erected as the new pedestrian entrance to the enlivened public piazza, which sports a new focal point in the commanding 24m Paternoster Column.
The redevelopment, which included 700,000 sq ft net of new offices, retail and cafes, was completed in 2003.