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PLP wins planning for 43-storey City tower

PLP Architecture has won the backing of the City of London for its 43-storey Heron Plaza skyscraper scheme

The £500 million project, with its 135m-tall hotel and luxury flat centrepiece, will sit next to its slightly taller sister the Heron Tower which is due to complete next month.

Offically called the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences London at the Heron Plaza, the development will house 190 hotel suites and 120 apartments, restaurants, as well as conference and banqueting facilities.

The scheme is the first purpose built, luxury hotel in the City of London for more than 30 years.

Backed by Heron International, the project also features a ‘substantial new public open space’ and construction work is expected to start later this year.

Both the Heron Tower and the Heron Plaza have been designed by the same architect team led by Fred Pilbrow and Lee Polisano, now at PLP Architecture but previously partners of KPF’s London office (How the KPF ‘breakaway five’ became 65).

According to the developer ‘each tower has its own individual character’ with the Plaza hotel scheme ‘more private and finely scaled than the workspace’ of the Heron Tower.

A delighted Fred Pilbrow said: The project, together with the earlier Heron Tower, forms an entire new landmark mixed-use quarter within the City of London.  

‘This combination of workspace, residential and leisure uses gathered around a new public square on Bishopsgate will create an exemplary model for sustainable urban development in the heart of the world’s financial capital.’

The hotel is due to open in 2015.

Gerald Ronson, chief executive of Heron International, said:
‘We are very pleased that the City ofLondon has approved our plans for this second tower that will sit next to Heron Tower and complete our Heron Plaza development. With Heron Tower nearing completion and construction now well underway at The Heron, our residential development at the Barbican, this planning consent for the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences London at Heron Plaza will enable us to continue our transformation of the City of London, providing much needed, unparalleled hotel and residential facilities which reflect London’s status as the financial capital of the world.’

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