Old Park Lane Management and development manager CORE, advised by Gerald Eve, have achieved resolution grant planning consent for a 27-storey office block on the corner of Ropemaker Street and Finsbury Pavement, EC2.
Designed by Make Architects, the building at 20 Ropemaker Street will provide 683,583 sq ft of offices across 23 floors along with dedicated SME/affordable workspace and ground-floor retail. The building rises to 128m at its tallest point and will consolidate the cluster of towers that has developed around the Finsbury Pavement and Ropemaker area.
Lisa Webb, Partner at Gerald Eve, said: “This will be a truly exceptional building. As the largest new office building in Islington for a decade, it will meet the commercial needs of the area while also delivering a striking new addition to the cluster. As a result of the collaborative and constructive process with all stakeholders, we can now look forward to seeing this exciting project delivered.”
The design features a series of stepped “slices” that protrude forward and recess back, reducing the mass and defining the bays and the building’s silhouette. The dimensions shift vertically and horizontally to provide a range of floorplates sizes.
The stepped heights have created space for five different roof terraces, and the office floorplates also have balconies. More than three-quarters of the office floors have access to outdoor amenity space.
David Ainsworth, Chief Executive of CORE, said: “We have been privileged to work with a great team to reach this milestone, and we are now looking forward to creating a game-changing building in this well connected location.”
Tim Sketchley, Old Park Lane Management, said: “Ropemaker is an opportunity to develop an office complex that represents the future for commercial workspace with its design bringing together ‘lean and clean’ technologies with amenity spaces, outstanding accessibility and provision for the health and well-being of the people who will work in it.”
The scheme is expected to complete in 2022.