Local Context

The existing building is bounded by St Mary Axe to the east, Bishopsgate to the west and Leadenhall Street to the south. Notably, the site itself is not within a protected Conservation Area, but it does sit in close proximity to the St Helen’s Conservation Area immediately to the north, the Bank Conservation Area to the west and, the Leadenhall Market Conservation area to the south.

We are mindful of a number of heritage assets in the immediate vicinity including St Helen’s Bishopsgate (Grade I), St Andrew Undershaft (Grade I), St Ethelburga’s Bishopsgate (Grade I) and the Lloyd’s Building (Grade I) to the south.

 

 

The Consented Scheme

The design of the consented scheme had a singular form of a tapering 73 storey tower, making it the tallest proposed and consented building in the City’s Eastern Cluster. This was a commercial development which included predominantly office space along with a sunken courtyard in St Helen’s Square.

The top levels of the proposals provided an education centre and public viewing gallery for the Museum of London with access for members of the public via a dedicated entrance at the lower ground floor. Additional retail provision at the lower level also helped to activate the extended public realm. The enhanced end of trip facilities encouraged office tenants and visitors to use more sustainable modes of transport.

Building upon the approved application, our new emerging proposals seek to maximise the building’s potential, in terms of delivering best-in-class workspaces, sustainability credentials and an enhanced public offering. The scheme will remain the tallest in the city cluster and retains the upper floors for educational and public access through a collaboration with the Museum of London. The revised proposals will enable us to deliver a more sustainable building with enhanced green spaces – not included in the consented scheme.

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