Wilkinson Eyre has won a contest to design a major project nestled between Richard Rogers’ Cheesegrater and KPF’s proposed Pinnacle skyscraper in the City of London
The practice, which has scooped the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the past two years, has been appointed by Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) and development manager Stanhope to redevelop the sites of 150 Leadenhall Street and 6-8 Bishopsgate.
The practice has been asked to draw up a number of options for the plots, including a huge revamp of the blocks and a potential new-build tower scheme.
However, it is understood that the City planners are not keen on an overly tall proposal for the site, given its proximity to the stalled 288m-tall Pinnacle skyscraper and the nearly complete, 225m-tall 122 Leadenhall scheme.
MEC UK’s managing director Hiroyuki Arimura said: ‘This project further represents our strong commitment to the UK. Given the excellent location of this site, we believe as the economy strengthens, this scheme will be particularly well timed to take advantage of the expected rise in City demand.’
Wilkinson Eyre is already working in the city on the overhaul of River Plate House in Finsbury Circus, also for Mitsubishi Estate Company and development manager Stanhope, as well as the project to upgrade Bank Station’s capacity.