The City of London has approved Make Architects' proposed 84,000m2 development next to Christopher Wren's famous Monument column.
The dramatic, nine-storey, asymetric glass-clad scheme will replace the 1968-built Centurion House currently on the site.
Yesterday’s decision (20 November) by the authority’s planning committee has dismayed English Heritage, which had called for a redesign of the project, especially ‘the multi-faceted and inward leaning principal facade [which] visually competes with the prominence of the column'.
EH argued that the ‘proposed building is overly assertive in its design and would be detrimental to the settings of the listed structures nearby.'
However the scheme, which will create a larger public space around Wren's Monument to the Great Fire of London in 1666, was backed by CABE and labelled an ‘exceptional contemporary building’ by the authority’s own planners.
Once built, the project will boast a landscaped green roof terrace to be shared by office workers and visitors to the Monument.