Plans by Arup Associates to demolish two Peter Foggo buildings at Broadgate to make way for a major office development incorporating a 32 storey skyscraper have been submitted
City of London planners will now consider the proposed development by British Land which would provide 51,000m² of office space on the site of 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue Square.
Both of Foggo’s 1980s buildings on the site were granted immunity from listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in November.
Rob Samuel, head of office development at British Land, said: ‘Arup Associates has done a fantastic job at 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue in weaving together multiple uses into a single development that is highly adaptable and meets the changing needs of occupiers in London.
‘In both its architecture and amenity, with a public roof terrace, restaurant and event space, 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue will add to the vibrancy and appeal of Broadgate.’
The design comprises four separate blocks, with the tallest rising to 32 storeys, aimed at accommodating up to 5,000 office workers.
A new route and double height arcade of shops would link Finsbury Avenue Square with Sun Street and Old Street to the north.
The developer said the proposals are 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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