One New Change
The central lifts of the shopping centre, pictured in 2011.
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Address||1, New Change|
|Opening date||28 October 2010|
|No. of stores and services||60|
|Total retail floor area||220,000 ft² (20,440m²)|
|No. of floors||6|
One New Change is a major office and retail development in London, United Kingdom. It comprises 560,000 square feet (52,000 m2) of floor space, including 220,000 square feet (20,000 m2) of retail space and 330,000 square feet (31,000 m2) of office space and is the only large shopping centre in the City of London, the historic nucleus and modern financial centre of London. It cost £500 million to build and was completed in October 2010.
The complex is located on New Change, a road linking Cannon Street with Cheapside, in one of the areas of the City historically associated with retailing and markets. It is close to St. Paul's Cathedral. The nearest London Underground stations are St. Paul's and Mansion House.
History and background
The development's sensitive location — opposite St. Paul's Cathedral — and its modern architecture led to some controversy during its planning and construction, including criticism from Prince Charles. The architect was Jean Nouvel and the developer was Land Securities. The new six-storey, 34 m high centre replaced an 11-storey, 40 m building constructed in the 1950s for the Bank of England, which was demolished in 2007. The complex's distinctive appearance has given it the nickname "the stealth bomber".
One New Change lies entirely within Bread Street ward. Its name derives from the road running between it and St. Paul's, itself a post-War creation, replacing a much older street called 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.
The shopping centre is located in an area of London's historic nucleus that was widely known for its retail — 'Cheapside' being Old English for "market-place" — and many of the roads around One New Change are named after the produce once sold in the area, such as Poultry, Honey Lane, Milk Street and Bread Street.
The principal architect for the One New Change development was Jean Nouvel. The development also features high profile interiors by Tom Dixon (industrial designer) for the on-site restaurant Barbecoa.
Sixty shops and restaurants are located in One New Change, including a number of large high-street retailers. A barbecue restaurant and butcher called Barbecoa is a joint-venture by Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry-Lang.
The shopping centre is open seven days a week, which is notable as in recent times most shops and restaurants in the City have been closed at the weekends. A Gordon Ramsay restaurant and bar named Bread Street Kitchen opened at One New Change in September 2011.
- Official website