The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Wednesday, 11 December

X Marks The Spot Of The Tallest Tower In Town

The City of London Corporation has approved 1 Undershaft - AKA The Trellis

The City of London Corporation has approved 1 Undershaft - AKA The Trellis - which will be the second tallest building in the Capital after The Shard and thus the second tallest building in Western Europe.

It was announced week ending November 29 that planning permission had been granted to Aroland Holdings for the development.

The building will be 289.94 metres tall but it will rise to a height of 304.94 metres AOD (Above Ordnance Datum), crowning the new cluster of planned skyscrapers in the Square Mile and in the surrounding areas.

.

 

Vote

The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee voted 19-2 to approve the project which will involve the demolition of the existing Aviva Tower, followed by the development of a 73 storey building.

 

Tallest in the Mile

The Shard sits outside of the City boundaries (at London Bridge) and thus 1 Undershaft, will claim the title of the tallest building in the Square Mile.

 

Accommodation

It will provide 130,000 square metres of office accommodation, as well as more than 2,000 square meters of retail space.

An estimated 10,000 workers will work in the building upon completion.

The project includes over 1,600 cycle spaces and 150 showers with changing rooms.

At the top of the building will be a free public viewing gallery, which will be served by dedicated lifts. The public viewing gallery will host London’s highest restaurant and have interactive learning spaces where schools and other groups can discover more about the capital, its growth and history.

The Museum of London has had discussions with the developer over a dedicated gallery at the top of the building, utilising 1 Undershaft’s height to show London’s development.

 

Public realm

At the base of 1 Undershaft, a new larger public square will be created. The building has an elevated reception, allowing pedestrians to walk freely beneath the building. Retail space will be created in the lower level gallery, with new restaurants, cafés and shops accessed from the public square

 

Helping with worker numbers

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “1 Undershaft is a truly unique building that fits in well with the City’s history, as well as our future ambitions for growth. Over the next thirty years I expect that we will need to deliver office space for more than 50,000 extra workers within the Square Mile, so this development is important in reaching that end goal."

 

Brexit and investor confidence

Hayward condinued: “This development shows the high levels of investor confidence in London’s status as a global city following our decision to leave the European Union.

“I believe this building will play an important part in increasing London’s attraction as the world’s leading financial centre.”

 

Floorspace maximisation

The offset design of the core and the rigidity provided by the external bracing means floor space has been maximised.

 

Eric Parry Architects

Eric Parry Architects have designed The Trellis.

Picture: The City of London Corporation has approved 1 Undershaft - AKA The Trellis which will be the tallest building in the Square Mile.

Image

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

Parry Packs A Packet Of Two

Eric Parry Architects, the team behind the proposed tallest building in the Square Mile, have also been instrumental in obtaining planning permission for 1 Liverpool...

 Read Full Article
Retain, Reuse - Refurbishment Hits The Green Spot

Simon Swietochowski of Arup Architecture, looks at how 1 Triton Square could be a gamechanger for building reuse – showing that refurbishments can be exciting,...

 Read Full Article
Victoria - The Secret's Behind the Curtain

Victoria Gate, a major redevelopment project in Woking, deployed architectural aluminium from Metal Technology for its curtain walling and other systems. The...

 Read Full Article
2019 Best Cities For Generation Z

Co-working spaces have helped London become the No.1 destination for Generation Z workers according to the 2019 Generation Z city index. London scored a perfect...

 Read Full Article
Brighton Rocks - New Homes & Major Business Space Planned

What is being described as a 'once in a generation development’ has received the go-ahead. The New Monks Farm development in Lancing and a development at...

 Read Full Article
£3.347 Billion Office Spend Outside Of London

The total investment volume and take-up of office space in 10 major cities across the UK in 2018 has been complied by commercial property specialists Savoy...

 Read Full Article
Brexit Hitting Commercial Property Builds

The cities in the UK with the most and least number of commercial properties to let have been revealed with Brexit - or the lack of it - being blamed for the uncertainty...

 Read Full Article
St Michael's Mount - Huge Manchester Skyscraper Gets The Nod

The massive £200 million St Michael's tower in the heart of Manchester's financial district has finally received full planning permission. The scheme has...

 Read Full Article
Legal Highs - Making The Case For AI And Agility

89% of law firms are already utilising Artificial Intelligence or have imminent plans to do so; and 61% of firms have adopted an agile working policy; while 98% of legal...

 Read Full Article
One In 10 New Homes Was An Office

New analysis by the Local Government Association has revealed nearly one in 10 new homes over the last two years was converted from an office and included no affordable...

 Read Full Article