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Work starts on WilkinsonEyre’s Bishopsgate tower

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Construction has started on WilkinsonEyre’s 8 Bishopsgate tower, a 51-storey office block in London’s Square Mile

Last year the City of London was asked to step in to help clear a number of right-to-light hurdles and sanction the acquisition of an interest in the scheme on the corner of Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street.

Backed by developers Mitsubishi Estate London and Stanhope, the £300 million project, originally dubbed ’Prussian Blue’, is set to complete in late 2022.

In 2015 WilkinsonEyre won planning for a ‘stacked’ three-block scheme, featuring a 40-storey, 185m-tall centrepiece skyscraper, but in 2017 the development team lodged a reworked application which extended it by 10 storeys.

The revised designs increased the building’s lettable office space from 41,806m² to 52,954m² but retained its stepped form.

Yuichiro Shioda, managing director and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Estate London, said: ’This long-term project is a key strategic investment for Mitsubishi Estate London, and the groundbreaking underlines our ongoing confidence in the City of London’s position at the forefront of international commerce.

The groundbreaking underlines our ongoing confidence in the City of London

‘The tower will be a landmark scheme for the Square Mile, and we anticipate significant interest from occupiers attracted by the development’s unrivalled location, distinctive design and high-quality space.’

Reworked design for Prussian Blue tower by WilkinsonEyre (April 2017)

Reworked design for Prussian Blue tower by WilkinsonEyre (April 2017)

Reworked design for Prussian Blue tower by WilkinsonEyre (April 2017)

Project data

Location 6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Street
Type of project Office development (with some ground-floor retail)
Client Mitsubishi Estate London and Stanhope
Architect WilkinsonEyre
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant Arup
Main contractor Lendlease
Start on site 20 March 2019
Completion Late 2022
Gross internal floor area 52,025m²

Collage prussian blue

Collage prussian blue

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

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  • What's the point of architects of proven ability designing something that looks as if a three year old child has been messing with the blocks?
    On second thoughts, this could be seen as architecture reflecting our life and times in the UK just now.

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