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SOM gets the go-ahead for 56-storey ‘Cheesegrater 2’


SOM has been given the go-ahead for a proposed 56-storey tower, dubbed the ‘Cheesegrater 2’, which will become the third highest in the City of London

The skyscraper on Leadenhall Street will provide 102,043m² of offices and 996m² of shops plus a 1,943m² public viewing gallery on the top two floors, plus a pocket park at ground level.

SOM was chosen by project backer London & Oriental ahead of practices including PLP and WilkinsonEyre in 2016 to develop plans for the tower at 100 Leadenhall Street, which will replace the present numbers 100, 106 and 107.

The City of London Corporation approved the planning application yesterday, dismissing objections about the impact on strategic views and on the settings of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London World Heritage Site.

A report by planners said: “The impact of the scheme on the setting of conservation areas and listed buildings, on strategic views and on the settings of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London World Heritage Site has been assessed and is considered acceptable.’

SOM’s tower will sit next to Eric Parry’s proposed – and 41m-taller – 1 Undershaft, and Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) 52-storey Cheesegrater.

The only other higher building in the Square Mile will be PLP’s 22 Bishopsgate, currently under construction, which is set to be 31m taller.

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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s (SOM) proposed 100 Leadenhall in City cluster - image from July 2018

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s (SOM) proposed 100 Leadenhall in City cluster - image from July 2018

SOM has designed the building to slope back from Leadenhall Street to minimise its impact on views along Fleet Street to St Paul’s Cathedral.

The tower’s façades will consist of diamond-shaped faceted pleats.

The officer’s report said: ‘This will have a dynamic quality both in street level views and afar and will create a rich degree of modelling and shadow effects, which will change throughout the day.’

The report added that the roof of the tower ‘is designed in a convincing manner, creating an acceptable fifth elevation which is important, given it will appear in views from two consented public viewing galleries.’

The Greater London Authority (GLA) submitted comments in support of the proposed development, which is expected to house an insurance company.

Map of eastern cluster with som in black

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Readers' comments (3)

  • I wonder if the architecture embodied in this cluster will eventually be seen as a fair representation of the 'state of the nation' at this time when (if) the current chaos eventually subsides?

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  • The City of London has turned into an ungainly clump of stuff from the back of a kitchen cabinet......

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  • Phil Parker

    22 Bishopsgate is one of the weakest pieces of architecture in recent years. It’s an indistinct building that lacks articulation, form or merit. A monument to developer greed and Planning weakness will blight the skyline of the City of London for years to come.

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