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Planning Permission Applied For Leadenhall

Richard Rogers latest skyscraper design as revealed by this site last December, 122 Leadenhall Street, has taken another step forwards with the application for planning permission. The 736ft / 225m tall tower dubbed the 'cheese grater' will stretch over 48 floors and top the current tallest proposal for the City, the recently approved Minerva building despite containing almost half the office space - a mere 576,650 sq ft (53,571 sq m).

Standing on struts above a 90ft public garden off CGNU plaza the building contains the trademark Rogers diagonal bracing for the cladding and also the use of multicoloured beams which featured previous on former Stirling Prize nominee, 88 Wood Street.

The north-side of the tower will feature glass lifts shooting up it like the current Lloyds of London building except to over twice the height giving what promises to be the best ride in London. There have been some concerns about the sheer verticality of the north-face and the mass it presents however it's clear that Rogers has addressed these by breaking it up with the use of colour creating a series of 3 by 3 coloured blocks. Although the lower floors of this building will contain public spaces there are no plans for this stage to see one at the top which should be a small block to gaining planning permission and one easily dealt with.

Thanks to the new planning climate created by 110 Bishopsgate and Minerva the Corporation of London looks likely to approve this tower despite any objects from heritage bodies who fear it will appear behind the dome of St Paul's when viewed from Fleet Street however it does not interfere with any current strategic views.

It is not likely to start construction before 2005 at the earliest but has planning permission filed for it by British Land who expect a 2006 plus office boom. This also means that British Land expect to start on both 201 Bishopsgate and the 400ft+ 51 Building which neighbours Leadenhall Street before 2006 making this small area ground zero for British skyscraper development.

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