Plans for City of London's tallest building submitted
8th February 2016
A detailed planning application
for what would be the tallest building in the City of London, 1 Undershaft, has
been submitted today.
Aroland Holdings, the Singaporean
owner of the site, has lodged plans for the skyscraper, which will extend to 73
storeys and 309.6m.
The proposed building, which
would provide 970,000 sq ft of net internal area, also includes the creation of
a large public square at the base of the tower and a public viewing gallery,
education centre and public restaurant at the top of the tower.
Eric Parry, the architect of 1
Undershaft, said: “The launch of 1 Undershaft in 2015 was very well received by
Londoners and we are pleased to now be submitting a full application to the
City of London.”
“1 Undershaft represents the very
best of architecture in a premier location in the City. The building sets new
standards in terms of comfort, quality, and environmental sustainability.
“Following feedback from the
consultations we have redesigned the public square to offer easier access for
cyclists and expand the usable space for the public. We remain committed to
building London’s finest public viewing gallery, classrooms and public
“The response to 1 Undershaft has
been overwhelmingly positive. The enthusiastic support for the public viewing
gallery and enlarged public square has been especially welcome as the tower has
been designed to put the public first.”
The tower will employ an elevated
reception lobby meaning that the public will be able to walk freely beneath the
The open public space at the base
of the tower creates a connection between two of the City of London’s most
ancient places of worship, St Andrew Undershaft and St Helen’s Bishopsgate
Just over 22,000 sq ft of retail
space will also be created in a basement-level retail gallery of new
restaurants, cafes, and shops accessed from the public square.
The building would provide
London’s tallest viewing gallery, which will be served by dedicated lifts. The
public viewing gallery will be accompanied by an education centre with two
classrooms for school parties to learn more about the capital, its growth and
its history, and London’s highest restaurant.
The planning application has been
submitted to the City of London and a decision is expected to be taken by
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