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New Images of London Skyscraper as Tall as The Shard

New Images of London Skyscraper as Tall as The Shard
12 February 2024

Plans for a London skyscraper as tall as The Shard have been officially submitted to the City of London Corporation, alongside new CGIs.


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New images of the 1 Undershaft project reveal changes to the initial trellis design, and a large overhanging podium garden on the 11th floor. 



Picture: a CGI showing the proposed open green space on the 11th storey of 1 Undershaft. Image Credit: DBOX for EPA


The skyscraper will stand at 309.6 m, making it London's joint-highest building with The Shard. Planning permission for 1 Undershaft was initially given in January 2016 for a 73-storey development. The new plans reach 74 storeys, with changes to public benefits, wellbeing features and green spaces.

Compared to the 2016 design proposal, the scheme includes education spaces at level 72 curated by the Museum of London, linked to the rooftop viewing gallery at level 73. There is also now the opportunity for more cultural and creative spaces connected to a new publicly accessible podium garden at the 11th storey.



Picture: a CGI showing a view of the proposed 1 Undershaft from the ground level. Image Credit: DBOX for EPA


“Destination City” Initiative 


The building aims to contribute towards the City of London Corporation’s “Destination City” initiative. This scheme positions the city’s Square Mile as a leading tourist destination with more leisure and seasonal cultural activity and better infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

The development team also plans to increase the amount of office space in the building by up to 20 per cent compared to the existing permission, with more flexible working spaces.

Picture: a CGI showing the proposed skyline of the City of London with the addition of 1 Undershaft. Image Credit: DBOX for EPA

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 February 2024


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