The City of London is to get a new tallest building
02 December 2016
Planning consent has been granted for the creation of the new tallest building in the City of London, which includes a large public square and viewing gallery.
The building, called 1 Undershaft, was designed by Eric Parry Architects and will create over 130,000sqm of Grade A office space. At the base of the structure, a new larger public square will be designed. The building compromises an elevated reception, meaning the public will be able to walk freely beneath the building. The public space at the base of the tower will open views between two of the City of London’s most ancient places of worship. A new retail gallery will create 1,800sqm of retail space for restaurants, cafes and shops around an open lower court, accessed from the public square.
At the top of the building will be a free public viewing gallery, which will be served by dedicated lifts. Londoners are at the heart of the design of the tower. The free public viewing gallery will be accompanied by an Education Centre with two classrooms for school parties to learn more about the capital, its growth and its history. Aroland Holdings and the Museum of London are working together to explore the creation of a new education facility to support the Museum’s charitable aims at the very top of the tower.