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Designs emerge for Pinnacle as skyscraper site snapped up

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The first images of the proposed PLP-designed replacement for KPF’s stalled Pinnacle tower in central London have emerged

The visuals - understood to be an old design - were leaked online earlier today (19 February) as French fund manager Axa Real Estate and development partner Lipton Rogers exchanged contracts to snap up the site.

The plot close to Liverpool Street Station was taken over from current owners Pinnacle No 1 - a joint venture between Sedco and Arab Investments.

The £500million deal finally spells the end for the 288m-tall twisting skyscraper, dubbed the Helter Skelter. The 63-storey tower has stood as a seven-storey concrete ‘stump’ for more than three years after its contractor Brookfield Multiplex was forced to abandon work on it during the recession in 2011.

The design team on the new project - now called 22 Bishopsgate - includes Lee Polisano and Karen Cook, who jointly co-founded PLP following their exit from KPF in the summer of 2009. Both worked on the Pinnacle project while at KPF.

It is believed the new skyscraper will provide more than 100,000m² of office space - an increased floorspace of around 25 per cent on the original Helter Skelter plans - as well as a public viewing gallery at the top. According to Axa, Pinnacle No 1 Limited will ‘retain an interest in the top floors of the building’ which will provide a ‘unique leisure offer with separate ground floor access’.

Stuart Lipton, partner of Lipton Rogers, said his team had been working on plans for the site ‘for over three years’.

He added: ‘We’ve developed an innovative design for an exceptional office tower with art and character, shaped to respect views of the City and designed to be more than an office building with social amenity spaces, restaurants, bars and retail units as a new vertical City campus reflecting the City’s ever changing consumer base.’

A planning application for the 22 Bishopsgate tower will be submitted ‘within the next few months’. Construction is expected to commence by the end of 2015 with completion due at the end of 2018. 

However the new scheme may not be the tallest building in the City. The AJ understands that plans by Eric Parry for a tower at No 1 Undershaft, on the neighbouring site next to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ recently completed Cheesegrater building could top 70 storeys - making it the highest in the central London cluster.

Pinnacle Aerial View - now abandoned scheme

Pinnacle Aerial View - now abandoned scheme

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  • Chris Rogers

    The real sadness is that we could have had Fitzroy Robinson's exquisite Crosby Court/Standard Chartered around for another ten years

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