Service: Town Planning | Sector: London Offices
We were appointed to advise the client following planning permission having previously being granted for a 40 storey office development on the site. Changes to the City’s Eastern Cluster meant that the scheme needed to be reconsidered so as to respond to the emerging context and we were asked to bring forward a fresh planning application for the site.
Given the location of the site, any revisions to massing and built form needed to carefully consider the relationship with the Leadenhall Building and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Working with leading architects, Wilkinson Eyre, we led detailed discussions with City officers and other stakeholders to bring forward a revised scheme that would better respond to site considerations and sit more comfortably in the existing context as well as the emerging Eastern Cluster of tall buildings in the City.
We secured planning permission and sign off from the Mayor of London for this exciting new addition to London’s skyline and City Cluster. Comprising a 50-storey tower (ten storeys taller than the original application) the building will provide over 80,000 sq m of high quality office floorspace and a public viewing gallery at level 50.
The proposed building will also include high sustainability and low energy initiatives and has been designed to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.