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Next phase of Stratford commercial project gains planning permission

Next phase of Stratford commercial project gains planning permission

Planning permission has been granted for a 21-storey office block in Stratford, east London.

The £250 million building will be part of the London International Quarter scheme, which is being developed by Lendlease and London & Continental Railways. They have already constructed two buildings containing 400,000 sq ft of office space - which have been leased out to Transport for London and the Financial Conduct Authority - but the new tower will contain twice that much space.

Building work will be carried out by the construction arm of Lendlease and, subject to planning permission, several more buildings will be added in the years ahead. The eventual blueprint for the vast development will include four million sq ft of office space and 52,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants.

Commenting on the project, managing director for the International Quarter at Lendlease Ben O'Rourke said: "This building reflects International Quarter London’s focus on creating a pioneering workplace for progressive businesses, placing culture, health and wellbeing at its heart.

"The flexible design will allow it to be occupied by single or multiple tenants, and includes a number of technological innovations which are firsts in the UK on this scale."

He gave as an example of its technological innovation the building's closed-cavity facade, which uses dynamic shading to track the sun, as well as a circulation system that ensures fresh air is being pumped throughout the building.

The development will continue the economic regeneration of east London, much of which is centred on Stratford due to the concerted efforts to establish the area as a popular centre to live and work in as a legacy element of the staging of the 2012 Olympics in the area.

While the Olympic Park continues to hold several sporting venues - including Premier League football now West Ham play in the former Olympic Stadium - and is a large public park, the area has also seen numerous commercial developments. Westfield Stratford is the largest of these, while the area also now enjoys exceptional public transport connections, including international high-speed rail, two Tube lines, mainline rail and the DLR.

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