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Wilkinson Eyre's 40-storey City tower scheme set for go-ahead

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A group of three linked office blocks of up to 40 storeys designed by Wilkinson Eyre is set to be approved by the City of London later this week

A report by planning officers recommends approval for the eight, 20 and 40 storey development at the corner of Leadenhall Street and Bishopsgate.

The practice won the contest to design the ‘stacked’ tower-scheme, nestled between Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) recently completed Cheesegrater and PLP’s redesigned Helter Skelter scheme at 22 Bishopsgate (previous scheme pictured), in 2013.


Dubbed Prussian Blue, the proposals by developer Mitsubishi Estate London would create 71,501m² of office space, plus shops and cafes at ground floor level.

According to the planning report: ‘The proposed building would sit within the Eastern Cluster. The distinctive facade treatment and materials would distinguish this building from other tall buildings in the vicinity and contribute to the cluster.’

‘The proposal would provide a distinctive building whose sculptural design creates a positive relationship with the [other] office developments in the cluster.’

In addition, planners said, the development would not detract from nearby conservation areas and listed buildings, and would not be detrimental to the setting of the Tower of London World Heritage site.

If approved the existing buildings at 150 Leadenhall Street, which were refused listing earlier this year, would be demolished. Built between 1971 and 1977, they were built as part of a masterplan by Gollins Melvin and Ward on behalf of a consortium of developers led by Barings Bank, which moved in to 6-8 Bishopsgate as its headquarters.

The proposals include a public viewing gallery which would be available free of charge for up to 50 members of the public at any one time during.

The planning report said that the developers would be required to pay more than £8 million in planning charges, with £733,000 earmarked for off-site affordable homes.

The City will also retain the right to request a wind audit by the developer within five years of completion, and mitigation measures if necessary.

The building has achieved a pre-assessment BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’, according to the planners’ report.

London mayor Boris Johnson will also have 14 days to decide whether to call-in the application if the City’s planning committee approves it.

 

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  • Chris Rogers

    Hmm, I fear a 'wind audit' of my own coming on, looking at those CGIs, and its output would not be positive.

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  • How many "off-site affordable homes" can you build for £733,000? Four at a pinch?

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