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Foster puts curves into City of London offices

Foster and Partners has unveiled its design for Moor House at 119 London Wall, with its sweep of glass described as 'breathtakingly wonderful' by the Corporation of London.

The building has 17 floors of offices above two basements, ground floor and a mezzanine of shops. The metal frame will soar almost 100m, with glass looping from the first floor to the top of the building. There will be a colonnade in front of the shops on the Moorfields/London Wall front, and a curved elevation to maximise frontage to the shops. Total floor area of the block is 43,000m2.

Future basement plans may include provision for a CrossRail ticket hall. A raised, covered walkway with bridges will hug the back of the site and may join the existing walkway at Moorgate station. The developer, Greycoat, aims to start on site towards the end of this year by knocking down an empty office block. Building work is expected to take around two years.

Since the withdrawal of the London Millennium Tower application last year, the Foster office is said to have been looking at more organic forms, of which the curvaceous design for the Moor House site is the first. The next design will be the Millennium tower replacement for Swiss Re, due to go to the planners in around two months.

Another Foster building approved last week, for 1 London Wall, is for Hammerson. A Foggo Associates office at 40 Shoe Lane for the property arm of bt, Southgate Developments, rounded off the corporation's list of approvals.

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