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Running time: 28 minutes

It was fitting that Lloyd's, the world's leading international insurance market, in 1979 appointed one of the world's leading architects, Richard Rogers, to redesign their premises in the heart of the City of London.

Lloyds was expanding fast and needed more space. Rogers proposed to replace their building on the west side of Lime Street with a new Underwriting Room, a great top-lit atrium encircled by galleries. When completed, around the mid-1980s, the building became the architecturally most exciting in London's City.

Rogers first set up in practice in 1962 with Norman (see More With Less, Exploring The City and Chateau Margaux, France) and Wendy Foster. In 1967 they split up, and in due course Rogers linked with Renzo Piano (see Culturalising Today's Technology and New York Times Building & The Shard) with whom he won the international competition for the Centre Beaubourg (later Pompidou) in Paris. Now he is back in London practising as Richard Rogers & Partners.

You may also be interested in hearing Rogers' other talk, People Places.

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