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Green light for Gensler’s £300m Shoreditch tower

Gensler's proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London
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Gensler has won planning permission for a 31-storey ‘stacked box’ mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch

The £300million scheme at 201-207 Shoreditch High Street will replace the Chariots sauna and the Majestic Wine Warehouse on Shoreditch High Street and is backed by New York-based hotel giant Highgate Holdings.

It comprises a 30,000m² commercial building with a 200-room hotel, offices, shops and a restaurant.

Duncan Swinhoe, regional managing principal at Gensler, said: ’Thoughtful architecture is at the heart of our proposal and our design respects Shoreditch’s rich industrial legacy, while providing local entrepreneurs and creative businesses with office space and shared amenities.’

Hackney planners said that the architectural design was of ‘high quality’ and the harm that it would cause to the South Shoreditch conservation area and some nearby listed buildings would be outweighed by its economic benefits.

Gensler's proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

Gensler’s proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

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Gensler’s proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

Gensler said the ‘stacked box’ design reflects the area’s existing infrastructure and the warehouses that characterise the streetscape, with ledges and terraces of differing heights.

In a statement, the practice said: ’The predominantly glass façades are framed with black steel in an exposed concrete structure which evokes the raw factory-style of the former industrial Shoreditch. Maximum glazing, particularly within the office space, provides a welcoming transparency.’

The building, which features roof terraces, becomes visually lighter with each storey, culminating in a cantilevered sky lounge bar and event spaces.

The project is due to break ground in the second quarter 2016 and the hotel is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

Gensler's proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

Gensler’s proposed 30-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

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