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Grimshaw designs £70m'significant' City building

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Nicholas Grimshaw is working on a £70 million office building described as one of the most significant in London.

The project, in its early stages, would include 50,000m2 of space on a prominent 0.6ha corner site near Whitechapel in East London.

'The site is almost square, which is very unusual in London and gives us many opportunities for design flexibility,' said Andrew Rosenfeld, chief executive of Minerva, a property investment company running the project. 'It will be a huge building and should be one of the most significant state-of-the art designs in the city for some time.'

The site, on the corner of Hounsditch and St Botolph Street, will be cleared of its exisiting 1960s offices. Rosenfeld hoped the design would go to the planners in autumn 1999. Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners would not comment on the scheme.

Another Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners scheme (below) is a £14 million automatic pumping station in London's North Woolwich. The two concrete buildings with curved metal roofs will treat foul and storm overflow, and are part of the £120 million pumped into sewerage to date by London Docklands Development Corporation and Thames Water Utilities. Some 20km of sewers have been built in the area.

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