The public realm at the foot of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ 47-storey Leadenhall Building has opened to the public
Spanning more than 2,000m2, the area is the largest public space to be created in the City of London for a decade.
At street level the RSHP-designed tower, which sits opposite the Lloyds Building, stands on sixteen inclined columns and provides a 28m-tall covered space.
Running beneath the building and protected by four glass windbreakers, the public area creates a new walking route from Bishopsgate through to Leadenhall Street.
The space beneath the building will be connected to the Gillespies-designed new St Helen’s Square, once it completes in 2015.
Graham Stirk, Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, said: ‘Building tall has allowed us to create a great public space at street level that will complement the adjacent St Helen’s Square. This new sun-lit seven-storey high space is a fantastic contribution to one of the most active and densely developed parts of the City of London.’
Containing 57,000m² of office space, the Cheesegrater has been under construction since early 2011 and is scheduled for completion next month.