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PLP's 22 Bishopsgate towers gets three-storey haircut

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The City of London has granted planning permission for revised proposals by PLP which will see the height of its 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper reduced by 23m

The latest scheme features a slightly shorter 59-storey building standing at 255m and replaces the previously approval for a 62-storey skyscraper, which was granted planning permission in 2015

According to the planning statement for the revised application, the height of the building was discussed with London City Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority. The document says aircraft warning lights will be attached to the building.

A spokesman from project backer French investment manager AXA IM – Real Assets, working alongside development partner Lipton Rogers, said the reduction in height would allow a ‘more elegant resolution to the top of the building in the context of air traffic control constraints’.

He added: ‘Construction is progressing well, with the core of the building already up to level 20 and we are on schedule to complete the building in 2019.’

The 201,863m² gross external area of the scheme will remain unchanged, as a result of floors at top of the building being made larger than those in the previously consented scheme. 

In addition, the new approved plans include an amended design to the top of the building, replacing the tapering of the upper stories with a flat-topped lower tower.

In October, Eric Parry Architect was forced to reduce the height of its proposal for the neighbouring 1 Undershaft skyscraper – which was recently granted permission – to prevent the tower impinging on space allocated to London City Airport approach routes.

PLP’s building, which will provide office space for about 12,000 people, replaces KPF’s abandoned Pinnacle scheme, dubbed the Helter Skelter. The plans include a free public viewing gallery on the 55th floor and 56th mezzanine level, a restaurant on floors 57 and 58, and shops at ground level. 


Karen Cook, co-founder of PLP Architecture

The recently submitted proposal for 22 Bishopsgate, to reduce the height of the building by 22m in response to National Air Traffic Services restrictions on construction crane heights, is of a faceted, 23-sided form which makes a calm, elegant neighbour to the surrounding and varied articulated buildings comprising the cluster of towers in the City of London.

22 Bishopsgate, to achieve a WELL Building Standard tm certification, is designed to stimulate the individual. The workplace will have 3m-high ceilings, connected by colourful staircases, with five floors dedicated to social spaces shared by all tenants to meet, learn, relax, and have fun.

At street level a new open passage links pedestrian routes, while art and craft will benefit the public realm.


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