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Arup Associates brings slimmer look to Broadgate tower plans

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Arup Associates has revised its plans to replace two Peter Foggo buildings at Broadgate by making its proposed skyscraper scheme appear ‘more slender’

The practice has resubmitted an application for a major office-led scheme on plots at 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue Square in response to feedback from City of London planners, the Greater London Authority ‘and other stakeholders’.

According to the Broadgate estate’s owner and developer, British Land, the most significant change is the ‘widening of the east-west separation’ between the main 32-storey tower and the ‘secondary towers to improve views to the south from [KPF’s] consented One Crown Place development.

‘In addition, the primary tower appears more slender from the south, the articulation of the west facade has been increased and further activation of the frontages along Wilson Street has been provided.’ 

Both of Foggo’s existing 1980s buildings on the site were granted immunity from listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in November.

The 51,100m² scheme still comprises four separate blocks, the tallest rising to 32 storeys, designed to accommodate up to 5,000 office workers.

Arup Associates' changing plans for 2 to 3 Finsbury Avenue at Broadgate gif

A new route and double-height arcade of shops would link Finsbury Avenue Square with Sun Street and Old Street to the north.

British Land said the proposals remained part of a transformation of Broadgate aimed at linking the northern City to Shoreditch and Tech City.

In November, Twentieth Century Society chief executive Catherine Croft said that the immunity from listing was the ‘last straw’ for Broadgate.

She said: ‘The only reason for knocking down No 2 and 3 would be if planning permission for something bigger could be achieved, and that could fundamentally alter the feel, character and scale of the whole area.’ 

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