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City of London backs Make's 36-storey Leadenhall tower

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Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has been given the go-ahead for a new 36-storey office block in the City of London

Backed by developers Brookfield Property Partners, the 185m-tall, 1 Leadenhall scheme was handed a ’resolution to grant consent’ subject to a s106 agreement by the Corporation of London planning officers earlier today (25 January).

The building, which will provide 28 floors of office space and two floors of shops, will sit south west of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ landmark Cheesegrater skyscraper.

The report said: ’The design of the proposed buildings has been the subject of much discussion to reduce its impact on the character of the surrounding streets.

‘The appearance of the building and its impact on local townscape views proposals are considered to be acceptable and are of an appearance that can be recommended for approval.’

According to the planning report, a five-storey street block will be clad with stone with the tower element sub-divided into three vertical elements, with two flanking masses finishing below the tall central section. 

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

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The tower, which is 165.2m above ground level, will be a similar height to WilkinsonEyre’s neighbouring three-block Prussian Blue skyscraper scheme at 6-8 Bishopsgate which was given the go-ahead in July last year.

Replacing the 1988 GMW-designed Leadenhall Court, Make’s scheme becomes the latest high-rise building to emerge in the growing Eastern Cluster.

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  • After much discussion, looks acceptable to me? Or just another boring building in the over crowded Eastern Cluster? Can you see it from Richmond Park? The city is beginning to look ugly. But that's progress, and another pension plan.

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