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Three storeys shaved off 22 Bishopsgate

Revised plans have been submitted for 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23 m.

The new application for the tower in the City of London features a 59-storey building standing at 255 m, replacing the approved scheme for a 62-storey skyscraper. 

A spokesperson from project investor AXA IM - Real Assets, which is working alongside development partner Lipton Rogers, told CN’s sister title the AJ that the reduction in height would allow a “more elegant resolution to the top of the building in the context of air traffic control constraints”.

AXA said the changes would not impact the project’s timetable, with the completion date still set for autumn 2019. 

The 201,863 sq m gross external area of the scheme will also be unchanged, as a result of floors at top of the building being made larger than those in the consented scheme. 

According to the planning statement for the revised application, the height of the building was discussed with London City Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority. 

The document says aircraft warning lights will be attached to the building.

In October, Eric Parry Architect was forced to reduce the height of its proposal for the neighbouring 1 Undershaft skyscraper – which was recently granted permission – to prevent the tower impinging on space allocated to London City Airport approach routes.

PLP’s building, which will provide office space for about 12,000 people, replaces KPF’s abandoned Pinnacle scheme, dubbed the Helter Skelter. 

The plans include a free public viewing gallery on the 55th floor and 56th mezzanine level, a restaurant on floors 57 and 58, and shops at ground level. 

PLP has been contacted for comment. 

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