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Make trims and tweaks City of London tower plans

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

The reworked office and retail scheme at 1 Leadenhall for developer Brookfield Property Partners has shrunk from 166m to 158m, includes more public realm around its base and will see a proposed viewing platform moved 8m higher up the skyscraper.

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

The tower will replace the 1988 GMW-designed Leadenhall Court, becoming 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 the tower’s massing refined.

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.

A spokesperson for Brookfield Properties said: ’Following the consent of our original application in January 2017 we undertook a thorough review of the project and of the priorities and demand within the City. It became clear that there remain continued and significant constraints on office supply in the City of London and that by refining our scheme we could deliver a more efficient development that would better meet the needs of the City.

‘It became clear there remain continued and significant constraints on office supply’

’The new application seeks to improve our offer to both potential occupiers, with an increase in office provision, attractive ground floor retail and improved access, and to the public, retaining the popular free public terrace and indeed repositioning the terrace 8m further up the tower to enhance views across Leadenhall Market.’

Consultation on the new designs ends on 17 August. A planning committee date has not yet been set.

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