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PLP's Helter Skelter replacement revealed


The first images of the PLP-designed replacement for KPF’s canned Pinnacle tower in the City of London have been revealed

The visuals have been released as part of a public exhibition ahead of a planning application for the scheme being submitted later this summer.

The new proposals come after the stalled site was taken over by French fund manager Axa Real Estate and development partner Lipton Rogers in a £500 million deal last February.

The site was originally set for a 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.

Set to stand at 278m-tall, the proposed tower will be 10m and one storey shorter than the Pinnacle tower which was originally proposed for the site.

The scheme is set to provide 130,000m² of office space – increasing the floor space of the Helter Skelter by more than 25 per cent.

Alongside commercial office space the tower will also include 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 the tower at 22 Bishopsgate is being led by Karen Cook who co-founded PLP following her exit from KPF in the summer of 2009.

Stuart Lipton of Lipton Rogers, said: ‘22 Bishopsgate will represent an elegant addition to the City of London at the heart of the cluster of tall buildings. Technically advanced with care for people at the heart of its strategy and taking new ways of working as its essence, the building will assist personnel to feel motivated and earn its place as the finest working environment in Europe with wellbeing and a range of social facilities that make the work experience less stressful, as well as more uplifting and efficient.’

Anne Kavanagh, global head of asset management and transactions at AXA Real Estate, added: ‘Our commitment to develop 22 Bishopsgate is driven by London’s status as one of the preeminent world cities and its continued capacity to generate employment and growth. As with our other projects, 22 Bishopsgate has an underlying commitment to create a sustainable building environmentally, socially and economically. This investment is being made for the long term and – along with public and private investment into the local transport and infrastructure – we believe will continue to strengthen central London’s position as an international business location.’

Construction on the project is expected to start by the end of 2015 with completion due at the end of 2018. 

The exhibition of the proposed development will run from 12-2pm, and 4-8pm until Friday 19 June and 10am-4pm on Saturday 20 June.

PLP Architecture's latest proposal for 22 Bishopsgate - formerly the Pinnacle [aka the Helter Skelter]


Readers' comments (3)

  • Chris Rogers

    Details of the exhibition would have been handy, surely?

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  • I think the strength of any building is that it can be taken out of context and still look good when scrutinised - The Shard, Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie - if any were to be transposed elsewhere they retain a symmetry and style that transcends their current location. Regretfully I think the proposed design for 22, and by the own admission of this developer's site, is so compromised by the existing foundations and neighbouring buildings that it looks like a bulky and inelegant infill that has little intrinsic merit.

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  • I agree with Richard Laing. The view, with the Royal Exchange in the foreground is the ultimate giveaway, where the dynamics of the Cheesegrater put the lumpen mass of this replacement for the Pinnacle to shame. Back to the drawing board, or the computer, please!

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