Plans for City’s new tallest building unveiled

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PROPOSALS for a mega-skyscraper in the City of London at 1 Undershaft have been unveiled.

The huge 73-storey tower would be 309 metres tall – the same height as the iconic Shard on the other side of the Thames. The building would trump the 278-metre tall 22 Bishopsgate development approved by planners last month.

Designs for the tower have gone display today at a public exhibition at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Nicknamed the Trellis, the new tower would have a public viewing gallery at the top and a new public square at the bottom. It would replace 118-metre tall St Helen’s Tower which was built at the site in the late 1960s.

The architect behind the Aroland Holdings-backed scheme is Eric Parry, responsible for other projects in the City including 10 Paternoster Square, 10 Fenchurch Avenue and 60 Threadneedle Street.

Parry commented, “1 Undershaft will create more of the quality office space that is desperately needed in the capital and will reconnect the city’s tall building cluster with the public.

“This building will set new standards for the City in terms of comfort, quality, environmental sustainability and putting the public at the heart of the tower.”

Final plans for 1 Undershaft will be submitted to the City of London Corporate for planning approbal next year.

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