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Eric Parry submits plans for tallest tower in City

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Eric Parry has submitted plans for a new skyscraper at 1 Undershaft - a 73-storey tower which is set to become the tallest building in the City of London

Measured from the ground, the office block will be 294.6m tall – only a few metres shorter than Renzo Piano’s 306m-tall Shard across the river. Calculated from sea level the buildings are even closer, with the new tower standing at 309.6m and the Shard at 312.7m.

The scheme, next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ recently completed Cheesegrater building, will replace the so-called Aviva Tower – formerly the Commercial Union building – a 118m-tall Miesian block by GMW dating from 1969.

Backed by Singapore-based Aroland Holdings Limited, Eric Parry Architects’ 90,000m² proposal features external cross-bracing, ‘special fins’ to reduce solar glare and an elevated reception lobby allowing ‘the public to walk freely beneath the skyscraper’.

The proposals, which went out to consultation in December, include a free public viewing gallery ‘served by dedicated lifts’ and London’s highest public restaurant. The original designs for a new public square were revised in response to feedback from the public.

Eric Parry said: ’1 Undershaft represents the very best of architecture in a premier location in the City. The building sets new standards in terms of comfort, quality, and environmental sustainability.

’Following feedback from the consultations we have redesigned the public square to offer easier access for cyclists and expand the usable space for the public. We remain committed to building London’s finest public viewing gallery, classrooms and public restaurant.

He added: ’The response has been overwhelmingly positive. The enthusiastic support for the public viewing gallery and enlarged Public Square has been especially welcome as the tower has been designed to put the public first.’

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

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  • Yasmin Shariff

    Eric Parry will be giving a lecture entitled Context: between street and horizon at the University of Westminster on Thursday 11 Feb at 6pm. 35 Marylebone Rd NW1 5LS no booking required- fee event.

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