A £400m skyscraper has been given the green light by City of London planners and will be built next to the historic Leadenhall market, which featured in the Harry Potter films.
The 182.7m, 36-storey building, named 1 Leadenhall for its location, is one of a host of new towers going up in London’s financial district.
The developer behind 1 Leadenhall is Canadian group Brookfield Property Partners, which is also building an office block at 100 Bishopsgate and other projects in the City.
The new tower, designed by former Foster + Partners architect Ken Shuttleworth’s Make practice, will have 540,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 50,000 sq ft of shops and cafes on the ground, first and second floors. A public terrace will overlook the roof of the adjacent Grade II-listed Victorian market. Construction is due to start next year and the building is expected to open in 2021.
1 Leadenhall, which will replace a 1970s seven-storey office block, has faced strong criticism from Historic Royal Palaces and the Victorian Society, both conservation charities. The latter has described the planned skyscraper as a “glass lump”.
But Martin Jepson, who runs Brookfield’s UK office division, insisted: “1 Leadenhall is a carefully considered design that will complement the architecture of the surrounding buildings and embraces the heritage of its unique setting.”
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