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Cheesegrater’s public realm completes

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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.

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  • 'Escalator Central' - a remarkable contrast with what the Crossrail 'upgrade' of the Ealing transport hub is going to provide.

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  • In this day and age you'd think that a purpose built "Accessible Entrance" on a new building wouldn't be shoved around the side of the building - it probably isn't best practice with regards to the Equality Act either. - Also wouldn't "Lift" have sufficed?

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