New City office tower 8th February 2016

Singapore-based Aroland Holdings has lodged plans for a 73 storey office skyscraper in the City of London which would become the tallest tower in London’s financial district.

A detailed planning application has been submitted to the City Of London for 1 Undershaft, a 970,000sq ft development designed by Eric Parry Architects that would replace the existing Aviva Building.

At 309.6m, the proposed skyscraper will be 80m taller than the nearby Cheesegrater, which stands at 224m, and will dwarf the 180m-high Gherkin.

A retail element of 22,000 sq ft will also be incorporated in the form of new restaurants, cafes, and shops,

The proposed building includes the creation of a large public square at the base of the tower and a public viewing gallery, education centre and public restaurant at the top of the tower. 

Eric Parry, the architect of 1 Undershaft, said: “The launch of 1 Undershaft in 2015 was very well received by Londoners and we are pleased to now be submitting a full application to the City of London.

“1 Undershaft represents the very best of architecture in a premier location in the City. The building sets new standards in terms of comfort, quality, and environmental sustainability.

“The response to 1 Undershaft has been overwhelmingly positive. The enthusiastic support for the public viewing gallery and enlarged Public Square has been especially welcome as the tower has been designed to put the public first.”

Submission of the planning application follows thorough consultation with local residents, businesses, councillors and the local community.

A decision is expected to be taken by summer 2016.