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City of London set to back Eric Parry's 73-storey skyscraper

The City of London looks set to approve Eric Parry Architects’ proposed 1 Undershaft skyscraper next week

Last month the practice reduced the tower’s height by 4.66m to 304.94m above sea level to prevent it impinging on space allocated to London City Airport approach routes. But the 73-storey tower would still be the tallest in the Square Mile.

The corporation’s planners have welcomed the proposals, which councillors will consider next Monday (28 November), describing Parry’s design as ‘calm and restrained’.

In their report to the planning and transportation committee, the authority’s officers said the scheme next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall Building ‘would complement’ the other tall buildings in the City cluster. 

The report reads: ‘The scale and height of the proposal is appropriate as it would introduce a vertical emphasis to the centre of the cluster of towers in key views and would assist in consolidating the cluster enhancing its profile on the skyline.’

If approved, the 90,000m² building will replace the Aviva Tower – formerly the Commercial Union building – a 118m-tall Miesian block by GMW dating from 1969. 

The scheme is Eric Parry Architects’ first skyscraper project. The practice’s previous tallest scheme was the 19-storey 5 Aldermanbury Square scheme.

 Eric Parry Architects' proposals for 1 Undershaft - public consultation December 2015

Eric Parry Architects’ proposals for 1 Undershaft - public consultation December 2015

Source: Anthony Coleman

Readers' comments (1)

  • This project represents a fire risk and immense problems to the fire fighters. Again access to the location presents a major handicap. It is imperative that a high level of consideration to the choice of electrical cabling used for fire prevention and emergency services, to enable the fire to fought, effectively, internally. A high level of communication is necessary and must be a priority. Only enhanced fire survival cable, type MICC, will provide security of the electrical supply.

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