Wilkinson Eyre has finally revealed plans for its long-awaited ‘Prussian Blue’ tower in the City of London
The 40-storey tower will replace a 1975 office block at 150 Leadenhall Street, which was refused listing earlier this year (AJ 28.01.15).
The plans, which are expected to be submitted to the Corporation of London imminently, went out for public consultation this week. The practice won the contest to design the tower-scheme, nestled between RSHP’s recently completed Cheesegrater and the site of KPF’s now-ditched Helter Skelter (also pictured), in 2013.
The 71,501m² scheme is backed by Japanese developer Mitsubishi Estate Company and development manager Stanhope, and could complete by 2018.
Described as a ‘series of stacked blocks’, the new tower will have a public ‘viewing gallery’ on its top floor.
The architect described the scheme as a series of stacked blocks which become narrower as they get taller.
Naoki Umeda, managing director of Mitsubishi Estate London said: “The submission of this application represents Mitsubishi Estate’s confidence in the City of London’s long-term growth prospects as a world financial centre, and its attractiveness for blue chip companies.
‘We look forward to enhancing the offer of the City further by delivering a striking landmark building on this fantastic location, which bridges London’s financial and insurance districts.’
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