City of London adds 1 Leadenhall to its towering skyline

Green light given for £400m, 36-storey building adjacent to Grade II-listed Victorian market which featured in Harry Potter films

London to get another skyscraper as 36-storey 1 Leadenhall is approved
1 Leadenhall was designed by the former Foster + Partners architect Ken Shuttleworth’s Make practice.
Photograph: Handout

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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.

1 Leadenhall pictured next to the historic Leadenhall market.
1 Leadenhall pictured next to the historic Leadenhall market. Photograph: PR Company Handout
It will be dwarfed by 1 Undershaft, a 73-storey skyscraper nicknamed the Trellis which will be the second-tallest building in western Europe after the Shard, at just under 300 metres. Also in the works is the 255m 22 Bishopsgate, the reworked Pinnacle.

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”.

1 Leadenhall joins the cluster of towers in the Square Mile.
1 Leadenhall, centre, joins the cluster of towers in the Square Mile. Photograph: PR Company Handout
Alex Bowring, conservation adviser for the Victorian Society, said: “We are extremely disappointed by this news. We have objected to these plans as we feel a skyscraper is not appropriate for the site … The proposed skyscraper would mark an absolute break in the skyline and therefore significantly harm the streetscape and leave the lively Leadenhall market looking like a lost relic.”

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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