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Three storeys shaved off 22 Bishopsgate

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PLP has submitted revised plans for its tower at 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23m

The new application for the tower in the City of London features a 59-storey building standing at 255m, replacing the approved scheme for a 62-storey skyscraper. 

A spokesperson 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’.

AXA said the changes would not impact the ’project’s delivery timetable’ and scheduled completion date of autumn 2019 will remain the same. The 201,863m² gross external area of the scheme will also be unchanged, as a result of floors at top of the building being made larger than those in the consented scheme. 

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.

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 22 metres in response to NATS restrictions on construction crane heights, is of a faceted, twenty-three 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 three metre high ceilings, connected by colourful staircases, with five floors dedicated to social spaces shared by all tenants to meet, to learn, to relax, and have fun.

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

View the revised planning application here 

View the consented application here


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