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City of London set to approve Make's Leadenhall tower

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Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make is set to get the thumbs up later this week for a new 36-story office block in the City of London

The 185m-tall, 1 Leadenhall scheme is recommended for approval in a report by Corporation of London planning officers set for a vote on Wednesday (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 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. 

However both the Victorian Society and independent charity the Historic Royal Palaces have 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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If approved, the tower 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 would become the latest high-rise building to emerge in the growing Eastern Cluster.

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  • Chris Rogers

    Frustratingly, none of the 10 images apepar to be captioned - why? Or perhaps the AJ doesn't lioke words, given its printed edition still omits page numbers and a contents page!

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  • The page numbers have (mostly) resurfaced in the latest print issue, but the AJ seems to be going through an annoying phase where captions are deemed irrelevant.
    Banal captions - to sometimes even more banal images - are a feature of some magazines, but the AJ surely isn't in that category, and explanation of some images - particularly of complex design - would surely be welcome by many readers.

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