Plans go on show for 62-storey skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate modified after recession

Proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate and [insert] view from The Momnument looking north [image: Hayes Da

Proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate and [insert] view from The Momnument looking north [image: Hayes Davidson] - Credit: AXA Real Estate

Designs for the proposed tower at 22 Bishopsgate have gone on show for the first time today in a public exhibition before the modified post-recession scheme is submitted for City of London Corporation approval later this summer.

Work stopped in 2012 on the site, which had already been given approval in 2007 that was “designed for different economic conditions”.

Only the foundations, basements and lift service core up to level nine were completed before the global recession halted construction part of the way.

The new scheme follows the site’s acquisition earlier this year by a consortium led by Axa Real Estate with Lipton Rogers developers.

A viewing gallery is planned at the top of the new tower with its own lifts, open free to the public.

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“We are great believers in public realm and giving something back,” a spokesman for the developers said.

As there’s no space to do this at ground-level, we’re providing it in the sky. We want this to be something that Londoners can feel part of.”

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The foundations and basements are being retained to minimise disruption when the new scheme gets going.

The proposed building is 62 storeys, rising to about 650 feet, some 30ft lower than the original scheme.

It has 1.4 million sq ft of internal area with floor plates—around 20,000 sq ft at most levels—giving flexibility for interior layouts which can accommodate internal staircases and even winter gardens.

The scheme is “an integrated vertical city” for 12,000 people with amenities, services and facilities such as cafés, food outlets, conference centre, medical centre, library, sports facilities and entertainment areas for art installations, events and seminars.

It is the first building in London to adopt the new Delos standard exclusively on “human health and wellness” and a sustainability certification with a triple-glazed façade giving a 25 per cent carbon saving compared to the previous scheme.

The building is to include secure on-site parking for 1,500 bikes, plus showers, bike hire, repairs, sales, safety training, laundry and drying facilities.

It is London’s first major office tower to use an off-site delivery depot outside central London to reduce the number of HGVs in The City. Supplies to and waste from 22 Bishopsgate will go by electric vehicles making fewer trips than HGVs, mainly outside peak rush-hour times.

The exhibition of the proposed scheme runs daily from 12-2pm and 4-8pm until Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday.

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