Monday, 15 June 2015
Public exhibition of 22 Bishopsgate to be held on site (UK)
Designs for the proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate in Central London will be displayed for the first time today as part of a public exhibition. The exhibition to be held on site comes ahead of the anticipated submission of a new planning application later this summer. The new design follows the acquisition of the site earlier this year by a consortium of international investors led by AXA Real Estate, with Lipton Rogers acting as development partner.
22 Bishopsgate will fill an obvious gap at the centre of the city’s cluster of tall buildings. Work stopped in 2012 on the previous development of the site, which was granted planning approval in 2007 and had a consent that was designed for different economic conditions, with only the foundations, basements and the lift core up to level nine having been completed. Of the existing structure, the foundations and basements will be retained, helping to minimise the disruption from the new proposal.
The new design which is led by Karen Cook of PLP Architects, is similar to recent towers, which have been approved and developed in the area since 2007, whilst respecting designated views from around London. The proposed building is 278m and 62 storeys tall; 10m lower than the previously approved consent. Overall, the building will provide more than approx. 130,064 m² of net internal area with the flooring shaped to reduce the mass of the building, while offering the optimum size and configuration for potential occupiers.
A free public viewing gallery at the top of the building will be located beside a two storey public restaurant and bar.
Source: AXA Real Estate