Anstey Horne

Lloyd’s of London architect Richard Rogers Retires

Lloyds Rights of Light

Last month it was reported in the Guardian that Richard Rogers had retired from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the practice he founded 43 years ago.

The news of his retirement emerged from a filing at Companies House that announced his termination as a member of the Limited Liability Partnership. His departure formally ends the career of one of the UK’s most celebrated architects, renowned for his work designing buildings such as the Pompidou Centre, Lloyds of London and the Millennium Dome

Anstey Horne were privileged to work with Richard Rogers to provide Party Wall & Rights of Light advice for the development of the Lloyds of London building.

Located at 1 Lime Street, the Lloyd’s building was completed in 1986. The radical design for the building was the winning entry from an international competition, held by Lloyd’s of London in 1978 for a new headquarters. It replaced Lloyd’s of London’s first headquarters, built in 1928, the entrance of which was preserved as part of the new building.

The building is distinguished by its inside out appearance that sees all the building’s services banished to the exterior in order to create uninterrupted spaces inside. The design allowed for an uninterrupted trading space that could expand or contract according to the needs of the market.

Early Concept Sketch

Lloyds Building Concept rights of light & party walls

During the early stages of the project Richard kindly gave the practice a signed early concept sketch of the proposed scheme. The sketch is 40 years old now and showing its age, unlike the building which remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in the City.

In 2011, Lloyd’s building was granted Grade I listed status by English Heritage, the youngest structure to be given this status. Commenting at the time, English Heritage said it was ‘universally recognized as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch’.

Further Guidance when appointing a Party Wall Surveyor

If you are a Building Owner planning work to your property and want help managing the Party Wall process, please get in touch.

If you are an Adjoining Owner and have received a notice we can advise on how you can best protect your property and manage the Party Wall process.

For information on how the Party Wall Act affects you see our Party Wall Fact Sheet.

You can also find further information in our Party Wall FAQs. This has been compiled this from questions we are often asked about the Act.

You can also find guidance on choosing a Party Wall Surveyor in our recent news article.

There is some further information in the government’s explanatory booklet on the Party Wall process.

If you are unsure how the Party Wall Act affects your property and want some advice give us a call.

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For the contact details of a surveyor local to you, see our Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Norwich & Plymouth Surveyor details.

Also, see our recent article on the Evolution of Design & Construction, and a new building materials regulator announced.


For advice direct from one of our Surveyors, please call our Enquiry line on 020 4534 3135

If you have any concerns regarding the Party Wall Act; or if you have received a notice from a neighbour and want advice on how best to protect your property, please contact :

If you are planning work covered by the Act, or if you have received notice of work from a neighbour and want advice on how best to protect your property, please contact our Enquiry line on 020 4534 3135 for advice direct from one of our surveyors.

If you’d rather we called you, please fill ion our Contact Us form and we will be in touch.

Geoffrey Adams

Geoffrey Adams

BEng (Hons) PgDip MRICS

Senior Director

Party Walls

Mark Amodio

Mark Amodio

BSc (Hons) MCIOB

Senior Director

Party Walls