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City of London skyscraper to be ten storeys higher

City of London skyscraper to be ten storeys higher

Visitors to the City of London can barely fail to notice the plethora of skyscrapers rising up in the square mile, pushing the skyline ever nearer the clouds. 

This process now appears to be self-perpetuating, as developers Mitsubishi Estate London and Stanhope have sought and gained permission for a major upward revision to the height of the 10 leadenhall Building, in response to the scale of the neighbours being built all around it.

As a result, the tower will now be 50 storeys high, rather than 40, offering 570,000 sq of quality office space. Including the demolition of existing buildings on the site, the project will take five years to complete and the result will be visually striking: a building with three rotated blocks stacked together and rising to 221 m (725 ft). This will raise the height to just 12 ft shy of the neighbouring Cheesegrater. 

Commenting on the granting of planning permission, managing director and CEO of Mitsubishi Estate London Yuichiro Shioda said: "We welcome this decision from the City of London, which recognises the benefits to all stakeholders of the revised proposals." 

Chief executive of Stanhope David Camp said: "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Mitsubishi Estate on this striking landmark building for London that will further enhance its global appeal and its ability to attract high quality international businesses to locate in the City."

Although the City and areas like Canary Wharf have emerged as the greatest clusters of London skyscrapers, none of the new buildings planned will exceed the height of the Shard at London Bridge.

Last month, planning permission was granted for a new skyscraper in Croydon that will be 774 ft tall, easily dwarfing anything else in outer London. That was widely reported as being set to become Britain's second tallest building, although in fact some of the new skyscrapers due to emerge in the City - such as the 912 ft 22 Bishopsgate Tower that is presently under construction - are higher. 

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