Redone top to set new heights in London

The city of London should be dominated by a newcomer after the last version of the tower, formerly known as the pinnacle or the helter skelter received a green light from the organizers.

Restored building, officially known as 22 stock – or just 22 – will be the tallest building in the square mile on 278 meters (912ft), dwarfing the neighboring Heron tower, the height of 231m. It has been redesigned for its new owners without distinctive figure design at the top that earned it the original name. 10m is too short – but it retains much of its width throughout the greater part of its height has 30% more space than originally planned for the top, which was defeated on the financial crisis and recession.

After the construction to an abrupt halt four years ago, when funding ceased, the tower was left as nine corps, Dubbed the stump. Earlier this year a consortium led by French investment managers AXA’ hand real estate bought a plot near station Liverpool Street on the original 220 million pounds from the group of middle Eastern investors.




22 gate (pictured in the centre of the artist) will tower over the tower 42, left, Cheesegrater and the gherkin, on the extreme right. Photo: Hayes Davidson

Urban planning and transport Committee granted permission for the newly designed office tower earlier than expected. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year and be completed in early 2019.

The tower was approved, despite objections to the plans members of the public, the Royal parks, the London borough of tower Hamlets and the London charity historic Royal palaces. The charity criticized the new design, which unlike Pinnacle with its slender tapering top “broad shoulders” and overshadow the tower, he said.

Putting aside worries that London came to the conclusion that the proposal “in accordance with the development plan as a whole [and] that it will preserve the setting of listed buildings”.

The chief officer of planning, Annie Hampson, said: “This is a significant high-quality tower; 22 shares demonstrates many of the qualities we look for in our iconic building is an elegant, quiet, and open to the public … tall buildings in the city’s Eastern cluster near transportation hubs are an effective way to create increase in office space and work needed for a growing London.”

Lipton Rogers was involved as developer of the project, and the old concrete stump, driven down by an Australian Contractor Brookfield multiplex, but the previous foundations and basements will be used that will speed up the construction.

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62-storey tower will provide office space for more than 12,000 people and 100 companies, as well as shops and services such as doctors and dry cleaning. The consortium plans to lease 124,000 square meters (1.33 million sq. m) for financial services companies, technology companies and small and medium-sized businesses, including startups. Aha has already held informal talks with prospective tenants, and will begin formal marketing in the next year.

There are bars and a restaurant at the top, along with a public viewing gallery that will be free to attend, with a separate entrance and elevators.

New design scrapping the expensive curved glass panel at the top was the work of the PLP Architecture. This is the same team, led by Karen cook, who invented the original design, while they worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox associates with us, but they left the practice in 2009 to create his own firm. About $ 400 million has already been spent at the top before the new owners, and the total cost can be up to € 1.5 billion.

The building will loom over many other recent urban skyscrapers, including the Cheesegrater on Leadenhall street, the walkie talkie on Fenchurch Street. But the shard across the river remains the tallest building in Western Europe at 309 metres.

Bruce dear, head of London real estate at law company eversheds, said: “the global city of London is low-rise. It only has 15 towers of 150 meters. New York 188 and Hong Kong, high-rise world champion, 302. So 22 bishopsgate is very happy. There are many more places in Cockney clouds. We need high-rise revolution if London will remain the world’s most desirable work and living space.”

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