Building Tour: Smithson Plaza and Tower with Deborah Saunt

Join a tour of the newly refurbished public realm and interiors of the former Economist Buildings by Alison and Peter Smithson


11:00am, Saturday, 26 January 2019


12:00pm, Saturday, 26 January 2019

Tour Guide:

Deborah Saunt

Duration: 1 hour

Time11:00 - 12:00

Start: Smithson Plaza, 25 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1H

Getting There: Closest underground station is Green Park

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The director of DSDHA will take us on a specialist tour around the newly refurbished public realm of Smithson Plaza and the restored interiors of Smithson tower. The tour will focus on the first phase of the strategic redevelopment of the site, including a public arts programme in the urban square, a new lobby and ground floor cafe and six storeys of renovated commerical space.

Formerly known as The Economist Plaza, the complex is Grade II* listed and is the last remaining intact example in London of the work of British architects Alison and Peter Smithson. Smithson Plaza was designed and built between 1960 and 1964 and is widely recognised as a triumph of post-war Brutalist architecture. The scheme’s significance is founded on its urban contribution, as much as that of the individual buildings. The three buildings arranged around a raised plaza comprise the 15-storey Smithson Tower (formerly known as The Economist Tower), the five storey Bank Building and an eight storey Residential Building.

image: Michael Carapetian

Tour Guide:

Deborah Saunt

Deborah Saunt is a Director and co-founder of the architecture practice DSDHA. The practice has an excellent track-record of working in central London conservation areas and has also been involved in significant urban design proposals, including improvements to the public realm between The Albert Memorial and The Royal Albert Hall as well as Camden’s West End and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.