The planning department of the City of London has given the thumbs up to the planned Hotel and Residences at Heron Plaza.
The 135.33 metre tall PLP Architecture designed tower is being developed by Heron International, the same company who are building the Heron Tower next door, and the Heron residential apartment building next to the Barbican.
With 44 floors above ground and a total floorspace of 55,286 square metres, the building will contain 120 serviced apartments and a 190-bedroom hotel that will be occupied by the Four Seasons giving the City of London some much needed hotel accommodation.
Also included in the scheme will be conference facilities, a gym, spa and a new swimming pool. In addition to this there will also be a new top spec restaurant for diners who have cash to burn.
The scheme directly relates to its bigger brother next door with a stepped upper profile that is set back every 24 metres rather than every 12 metres like Heron Tower. This also puts the top of Heron Plaza at roughly 24 metres under the shoulder height of Heron Tower, which then proceeds to step up more creating a continuous visual whole.
In what is a welcome step breaking away from the green and blue glazing that dominates most of the modern towers of the City of London, Heron Plaza will employ applied patinated copper cladding giving it a redder and more metallic look. Applied patination is a process that covers the metal in a thin sheath to help protect it from weathering and help keep its original lustre. But for this, the copper would otherwise go green.
Demolition of the site and construction is due to begin later in 2011.
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