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Plans for 36-storey 1 Leadenhall set for approval

Proposals for the 36-storey 1 Leadenhall office block in the City are expected to get the go-ahead later this week.

The 185 m tower was recommended for approval in a report by Corporation of London planning officers ahead of a vote on Wednesday (25 January), according to CN’s sister title Architects’ Journal.

The building, which will provide 28 floors of office space and two floors of shops, will sit south-west of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ landmark Cheesegrater skyscraper.

The report said: “The design of the proposed buildings has been the subject of much discussion to reduce its impact on the character of the surrounding streets.

“The appearance of the building and its impact on local townscape views proposals are considered to be acceptable and are of an appearance that can be recommended for approval.”

According to the report, a five-storey street block will be clad with stone with the tower element sub-divided into three vertical elements, with two flanking masses finishing below the tall central section. 

However, both the Victorian Society and independent charity the Historic Royal Palaces have objected to the proposals – the latter over concerns about the scheme’s impact on “iconic views” of the Tower of London, when seen from the east.

1 Leadenhall Make office CGI City of London 2

1 Leadenhall Make office CGI City of London 2

If approved, the tower will be a similar height to WilkinsonEyre’s neighbouring three-block Prussian Blue skyscraper scheme at 6-8 Bishopsgate, which was given the go-ahead in July last year.

Replacing the 1988 GMW-designed Leadenhall Court, the scheme by architects Make would become the latest high-rise building to emerge in the City’s growing Eastern Cluster.

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