British Land submits plans for 48-storey City tower (UK)

British Land has submitted a planning application for a 48-storey tower at 122 Leadenhall Street, which could become the tallest building in the City of London.

Designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership, the Leadenhall Building will be 736.5 ft tall with a distinctive triangular shape and will provide 576,650 sq ft of office space. The lower floors of the building will provide restaurants and bars and up to half an acre of public space.

British Land is hopeful that the Leadenhall Building will come onto the market around 2006, coinciding with an anticipated recovery in the City office market.

The development site lies outside the current City conservation areas and has been chosen partly because it will not affect the strategic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, a major sticking point in recent planning applications within the Square Mile.

Commenting on the proposed development, architect Lord Rogers said: “This tower will have a strong sense of identity and character with a spire-like tapering profile, respecting the views of St Paul’s.”

The Leadenhall Building is the second City office building proposed by British Land this year. Last month, the company submitted a planning application for a 14-storey, 560,650 sq ft office development at 133 Houndsditch, on a site adjacent to the recently approved Minerva Building.

Source: Freeman News

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