Two 1980s buildings by Peter Foggo in the City of London’s Broadgate office campus are set to be demolished and replaced by a new Arup Associates-designed skyscraper
The City of London Corporation’s planning committee today (4 October) granted approval for the development at 2-3 Finsbury Avenue Square, backed by developer British Land.
Submitted for planning in March, the scheme was amended during the summer after the Greater London Authority raised concerns about the effect of the development on a consented residential development on a neighbouring site.
Today’s decision spells the end for both of Foggo’s existing buildings, which were granted immunity from listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in November (see AJ 11.11.16).
Rob Samuel, head of office development at British Land, said: ‘We are delighted that the City of London has resolved to grant planning permission for 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue Square in Broadgate.
‘Arup Associates have done a fantastic job in weaving together multiple uses into a single development.’
The new scheme will create four new buildings, ranging from eight to 32 storeys in height. It will provide 61,867m² of office space plus conference and events facilities and shops. A roof terrace on the 13th floor will be open to the public.
The future timescale for the project depends on when current occupier UBS fully decants from the existing buildings.
Campaign group The Twentieth Century Society objected to the planning application, saying that the demolition of the existing buildings would chip away at the architectural uniformity of the wider Broadgate development.
A report by corporation planners concluded that ‘the design approach, materials and detailing are of high quality, refined and accomplished.
‘The strong vertical rhythm and the vertical emphasis of the eastern tower would create a visual counterpoint to the horizontal massing of 5 Broadgate.’
Last month Arup confirmed it was making redundancies due to fears over the future of its London workload following June’s vote to leave the EU. The company said it was consulting with staff currently employed as part of its Buildings London arm, a division which also includes AJ100 practice Arup Associates.