The City of London has unanimously approved PLP’s replacement for KPF’s half-built Pinnacle tower
The 278m-tall proposal will be 10m shorter than the abandoned scheme – dubbed the Helter Skelter – but will have 30 per cent more floor space.
The earlier tower stood as a nine-level concrete ‘stump’ for more than three years after contractor Brookfield Multiplex was forced to abandon work on it during the recession in 2011.
PLP’s scheme will provide 130,000m² of office space as well as a public viewing gallery at the top alongside a two-storey public restaurant and bar, a conference venue, medical centre, library, a wellness suite and specialised sports facilities.
The design of 22 Bishopsgate is being led by Karen Cook, who co-founded PLP following her exit from KPF in the summer of 2009.
The 62-storey scheme was approved despite a number of objections to the plans, most notably from the Royal Parks, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and charity Historic Royal Palaces (HRP).
HRP complained that, unlike the twisting, tapering form of the Helter Skelter, the new scheme would overshadow the Tower of London and ‘further diminish the White Tower’s once-dominant scale in relation to the City’.
Its letter to the City of London reads: ‘[The] proposed building would be no taller than the Pinnacle, but, where the latter diminished to a slender point, the new building would be broad shouldered, maintaining much of its width for much of its height.’
Work is expected to start next February.