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Revealed: first images of Make's Leadenhall high-rise scheme

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The AJ can reveal the first images of Make’s proposed new skyscraper scheme close to the Gherkin on the so-called Leadenhall Triangle site in the City of London

The £400 million scheme, which ranges in height from seven to 34 storeys, has been drawn up for Henderson Global Investors and is described as a series of ‘vertical slices’ arranged around the grade II-listed 19-21 Billiter Street building dating from 1865.

The much-anticipated 40 Leadenhall Street scheme replaces an earlier design for the plot next to Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s Building drawn up for its previous owners, property fund manager Investream. Henderson snapped up the site in May 2011 for around £175 million, spelling the end for KPF’s plans which featured a potential home for either JP Morgan or Deutsche Bank.

Make’s all-new proposals, which will be submitted for planning later this week, includes 82,600m² of office space and 2,000m² of shops. The building will have 1,067 bicycle spaces, 113 showers and two disabled car parking spaces.

Project architect Paul Scott of Make, said: ‘At the heart of the City’s insurance district, the shifting vertical planes of our scheme rise to complement the cluster of tall buildings on the skyline and sensitively terrace down in southern views from and across the River Thames.

‘An exemplar of environmentally progressive design, the building will reduce carbon emissions by over 40 per cent compared to current regulations and lead the next generation of city centre office buildings.’

The plans go on public exhibition today (17 September) at St Katherine Cree Church, 86 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 3BP between 12-7pm.

The architect’s view:

‘The scheme is formed of vertical slices arranged around the listed building which create a striking and considered vertical composition to complement the more curved and leaning buildings on the London skyline.

‘The tallest part of the building is positioned at the northern end of the site to take account of neighbouring tall buildings and steps down in height toward the River Thames and Tower of London to the south. 

‘The proposed new building is also terraced at high level on the northern side of Leadenhall Street so that it remains out of sight when travelling east along Fleet Street along the ceremonial route to St Paul’s Cathedral.  Ground floor entrance and retail frontages are set back to create generous pedestrian zones, wider pavements and spaces along key pedestrian routes on adjacent Leadenhall Street, Fenchurch Street, Billiter Street and Fenchurch Buildings.’


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