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Foster's overhauled Fenchurch Street plan approved

Foster + Partners wins green light for central London office at second attempt

Foster + Partners has won the green light for this 34,000m² office scheme (circled in image below) in Fenchurch Street, central London, after substantially redesigning its original proposals.

The initial scheme to replace a cluster of buildings on Fenchurch Street, Northumberland Alley and Carlisle Avenue with a single 15-storey building was met with considerable objection from English Heritage and the City Heritage Society.

Concerns over the new block focused on the impact its design and scale would have on nearby listed buildings, and on the loss of daylight for neighbouring offices.

However, after reworking the tower into a stepped development ranging in height from 16 storeys at its peak to 10 storeys at the lower levels, the new 34,000m² development has now been given the go ahead by the City of London Corporation.

Foster and Irish investor Shieldpoint have also agreed to change their building materials from a dark stone to Portland stone, in order to complement the surrounding architecture.

Despite official approval it is understood the scheme will not start on site until at least 2011.

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