With demolition completed at the 100 Bishopsgate site in the City of London, the Woods Bagot / Allies and Morrison designed skyscraper is now moving forward into the marketing phase of the scheme.
The two acre site sits the south western corner of where Bishopsgate connects with Beavis Marks. This places to the south of the now completed Heron Tower, and east of 99 Bishopsgate, the former Royal Bank of Scotland building that went up in the mid 1970s. For those taking a long term view, the question of what will inevitably rise on the other corner, will obviously be raised.
100 Bishopsgate was originally designed by Allies and Morrison who tried to create a compromise building of rational and regularly shaped floorplates that are commercially attractive to the office sector, whilst balancing that with the desire to add interesting geometry to the building. Put another way, a skyscraper in the City needs a gimmick.
This was perhaps done, in part, due to the fact that many of the notable new generation of skyscrapers play extensively with geometry which is used to create a variety of distinctive shapes from cheesegraters to gherkins. Here angled facades are used which hint at a twisted tower, without it actually radically torquing.
Following the extensive work on the first planning application by Allies and Morrison, Woods Bagot were brought in to further refine the scheme into the form it takes today.
In addition to the approved 40-storey skyscraper, there is also planning approval for two other lower rise buildings, along with a redesigned street front, a new route through the site, and half an acre of much needed public space that will have retail and restaurant outlets front onto it.
With the design process now complete, the developers Great Portland Estates and Brookfield are now marketing the scheme and have taken it to the MIPIM in Cannes. Only once there is a pre-let will they actually start construction.
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