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WilkinsonEyre wins planning for stretched 220m-tall City tower

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WilkinsonEyre has won approval for revised plans that add 35m to its already approved Prussian Blue tower in central London 

In 2015 the AJ100 practice won planning for a ‘stacked’ three-block scheme, featuring a 40-storey, 185m-tall centrepiece skyscraper, for the site at the corner of Leadenhall Street and Bishopsgate in the City’s Eastern Cluster of tall buildings.

Earlier this year WilkinsonEyre and developers Mitsubishi Estate London and Stanhope lodged a reworked application that stretched the tower to 220m, increasing its lettable office space from 41,806m² to 52,954m².

Although it retained the building’s ‘stepped form’, the practice claimed the designs had evolved to echo the scale of three recently consented neighbouring skyscraper schemes: Eric Parry Architects’ 1 Undershaft;  PLP’s 22 Bishopsgate; and Make’s 1 Leadenhall.

WilkinsonEyre director Oliver Tyler said: ‘Our revised design retains the architectural concept of the original scheme consented in 2015 but responds to the changes to the City of London’s cluster of tall buildings. The stepped form of the earlier scheme is retained but is taller whilst keeping a similar proportional relationship between the different blocks.’

Described as part 10, 25 and 50 storeys, the reworked proposal, which will rub shoulders with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Cheesegrater building, also features a viewing platform on the building’s top floor.

Collage prussian blue

Collage prussian blue

Original consented design 2015 (left); revised design 2017 (right)

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