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City of London set for another 'Cheesegrater'

City of London set for another 'Cheesegrater'

The City of London may be about to get an even larger version of the 'Cheesegrater' on the same street. 

Officially named 122 Leadenhall, the existing 737-ft tall building derives its culinary moniker from its tapered shape, joining other skyscrapers in the Square Mile known better by their nicknames such as the Walkie Talkie and the Gherkin. 

The adjacent 100 Leadenhall promises to be a visually similar building, but even taller at 863 ft. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill - the New York firm behind the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa - the tower has been proposed by developer London & Oriental (L&O), which acts on behalf of Hong Kong investor Lai Sun Development.

A formal planning application is expected in the spring, but in the meantime L&O has been buying up plots of land to create the space for the tower.

If planning permission is granted, construction is expected to start in 2019. It will be built from a hexagonal base, with its 56 floors containing 1.2 million sq ft of office space. 

The site is one of the last remaining available spots in the eastern cluster of the City of London, where a plethora of ever taller buildings is rising up. 

Prior to the 21st century, the skyline of the Square Mile was relatively modest in height, with the tallest building being the 600-ft Tower 42, formerly the NatWest Tower. By that time, it had already been overtaken by One Canada Square at Canary Wharf as Britain's tallest skyscraper.

The heights to which buildings can be constructed in the Square Mile is limited by the fact it is below the flight path into London City Airport. For this reason, 22 Bishopsgate will end up being 22 m shorter than originally planned, because the tower cranes needed to build it would have been tall enough to breach air safety regulations.

Image: kuczin via iStock


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