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City planners approve Pinnacle replacement

17 Nov 15 Brookfield Multiplex will begin construction in the New Year on a 64-storey office block at 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London.

The city’s newest skyscraper is being developed by Lipton Rogers for AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets on the foundations of the stalled Pinnacle tower, which started in 2008 but ran out of money in 2012 with just seven storeys built.

The City of London Corporation’s planning & transportation committee has now granted planning permission for a new tower at 22 Bishopsgate although permission for the Pinnacle remains valid.

22 Bishopsgate will be the tallest building in the Square Mile, though not as tall as the Shard across the river at London Bridge. Both buildings are engineered by WSP.

City of London Corporation chief planning officer Annie Hampson said of the decision to grant permission to the new plans: “This is a substantial high quality tower. 22 Bishopsgate exemplifies many of the qualities we are looking for in our landmark buildings – it is elegant, calm, and open to the public. A viewing gallery at the top will provide for workers, visitors, residents with the opportunity to look out over the City free of charge. Tall buildings in the City’s Eastern Cluster near transport hubs are an effective way of creating the increase in office space and employment needed for a growing London.”

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Sir Stuart Lipton of Lipton Rogers said: "22 Bishopsgate has been designed to enhance the quality of life of its occupants by adding amenities which make the work experience more enjoyable and effective."

Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at law firm Eversheds, said: “For a global city, London is low rise. It only has 15 towers over 150 metres. New York has 188 and Hong Kong, the high-rise world champion, has 302. So 22 Bishopsgate is very welcome. There is plenty more room in the cockney clouds. We need a high-rise revolution if London is to remain the world’s most desirable work and urban living space.”

The project team

  • Lipton Rogers – Developer
  • Brookfield Multiplex – Contractor
  • PLP Architecture – Architect
  • WSP – Engineer (multi-discipline)
  • The Vertical Transportation Studio – Vertical transportation
  • West 8 – Landscape
  • Alinea – Cost consultant
  • Aecom – Environmental consultant and employer’s agent
  • DP9 – Planning consultant
  • GIA – Rights of light and party wall
  • Emmer Pfenninger Partners AG – Façade
  • Wilson James – Logistics
  • RWDI – Wind
  • Space Syntax – Pedestrian flow
  • Prof. Robert Tavernor Consultancy – Townscape assessment
  • Hayes Davidson – Visualisation
  • Miller Hare – Townscape visualisation
  • Wolff Olins – Branding
  • FTI Consulting – Public relations
  • Despina Katsikakis – Workplace fit-out curator
  • Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will – Space planner
  • Edge – Space planner

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