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City of London approves Make’s tweaked Leadenhall skyscraper


Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has won permission for revised plans for a 35-storey office block next to Leadenhall Market in the City of London

The planning authority’s councillors last night (18 December) voted in favour of the reworked scheme at 1 Leadenhall which cuts the tower height from 166m to 158m and moves a proposed viewing platform 8m higher up the skyscraper.

Last year Make won the green light for an earlier design for the site, south-west of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ landmark Cheesegrater skyscraper, and gained approval for non-material amendments in February 2018. 

But the firm came back with more significant changes to the scheme this summer.

The approved tower, which includes 50,368m² of office space, will replace the 1988 GMW-designed Leadenhall Court, and be the latest high-rise building to emerge in the growing Eastern Cluster.

According to the AJ100 practice, the scheme ’has continued to evolve in a number of areas, driven by further technical design development, viability appraisals for both the retail and office areas of the scheme, and, most importantly, a need to meet office tenant requirements’.

1 leadenhall podium changes

1 leadenhall podium changes

Original proposal (left) and reworked proposal, July 2018 (right)

Among the changes listed in the new design and access statement are: increased space for shops on the ground floor; alterations to the façade of the ‘street block’; a reduction in the basement depth; wider pavements on Gracechurch Street and on Whittington Avenue; and refined massing.

Both the Victorian Society and independent charity the Historic Royal Palaces had objected to the previous proposals, the latter over concerns about the scheme’s impact on ‘iconic views’ of the Tower of London when seen from the east.

Recommending the scheme for approval, a City of London planning report said the appearance of the building was considered ‘acceptable’. It added: ‘The scheme would deliver a public viewing gallery which would be free of charge and an important contribution to the public benefit of the scheme.’

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Readers' comments (2)

  • That reduction in height by 8 metres will obviously make all the difference? It’s a game of poker, so see you and raise you 10 metres? Perhaps during ratification of non material changes? And rat ification is the right word.

    How did these in untrained and miserable planners get to be so respected? I think we all know! Will it all change during the rain of Charles III. Probably not.

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  • I am getting a bit bored with the constant upheaval the construction of these tall buildings is causing. Not just pavements blocked off, but whole streets closed for years at a time. And for what? The current batch of skyscrapers seem so undistinctive, jostling each other for part of the skyline, when few are worth looking at. I would love to see a rule saying all new buildings in the City have to be built to last 150 years. That might focus the minds of the architects and free us from constant construction work.

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