Fleet Building at 40 Shoe Lane
40 Shoe Lane
Fleet Building harks back to another age when the Post Office was a government department responsible for Posts & Telecommunications. Buildings were large and spacious and a showcase of the evolving technologies.




Photo: Fleet Building © Light Straw April 2006.
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Overview

Fleet Building was another vast telecommunications centre, which was designed by W.S. Frost under guidance from chief architect Eric Bedford, of the Ministry of Works. This 14 storey building was completed in 1960 and occupied a large site between Shoe Lane and Farringdon Street.


40 Shoe Lane
40 Shoe Lane
The Shoe Lane entrance had the legend 'Fleet Building' (in corporate font style) across the canopy.





Photo: Fleet Building - 40 Shoe Lane © Light Straw April 2006.
Fleet Building
Fleet Building showing the 14 storey section towering above.









Photo: Fleet Building on Shoe Lane and Stonecutter Street © Light Straw March 2012.
Fleet Building
Fleet Building had many different elevations.






Photo: Fleet Building on Stonecutter Street © Light Straw March 2012.
Stonecutter Street
Notice the glass lightwell let into the pavement.





Photo: Fleet Building  - Stonecutter Street © Light Straw April 2006.
Elevation of mosaic tiles
This elevation of lower wall had mosaic tiles which were popular in the 1960s and 70s.






Photo: Fleet Building  - Stonecutter Street © Light Straw April 2006.
Mosaic tiles
Close up of the mosaic tiles.






Photo: Fleet Building  - Stonecutter Street © Light Straw April 2006.
70 Farringdon Street  
70 Farringdon Street
The steps, handrails and doors of the Farringdon Street entrance.






Photo: Fleet Building  - 70 Farringdon Street © Light Straw April 2006.
Fleet Building
Fleet Building - before demolition.






Photo: Fleet Building  - 70 Farringdon Street © Light Straw March 2012.

Currently owned by Goldman Sachs, it is in the process of being redeveloped. By February 2015 Fleet Building(s) had been razed to the ground.

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