SOM has released the first images of a proposed 56-storey tower in the City of London for investor London & Oriental
The practice was chosen last summer ahead of practices including PLP and Wilkinson Eyre to develop plans for 100 Leadenhall, which will replace 100, 106 and 107 Leadenhall Street.
The 110,000m² skyscraper would sit next to Eric Parry’s proposed 73-storey 1 Undershaft and Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) 52-storey Cheesegrater. It is expected to house a major insurance company.
Like RSHP’s scheme, the tower in this burgeoning ‘eastern cluster’ of skyscrapers tapers in size as it gets higher, to allow unhindered views to St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street.
London & Oriental partner Mark Cannell told Estates Gazette: ‘Skidmore, Owings and Merrill [SOM] won the architectural competition, they are an outstanding firm with incredible experience of building tall buildings.
‘They put forward some really fantastic ideas. A key reason why they were chosen is [that] the form they created we believe is timeless, of world quality and we’re very proud and excited about it.’
He said the design had changed since the competition, to consider neighbours and impact on the skyline.
The scheme (shown in black below) has gone out for pre-application consultation this week and is due to be submitted early next year. However construction is not expected to begin on site this decade due to leases held on the existing buildings.
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