The latest London skyscraper to receive planning approval will feature a free public viewing gallery allowing visitors to look out across the City of London.
The tower, to be built at 1 Leadenhall Street EC3 by Brookfield Property Partners, originally received consent in January last year but latest revisions to the plans have just been passed. The building will be 158m tall over 36 floors and contain 400,000 sq.ft. of office space plus retail on the ground floor. It will join a group of tall buildings in the area which are collectively known as the Eastern Cluster.
The City of London planning committee considered the planning officer’s report which commented: ‘The scheme would deliver a public viewing gallery which would be free of charge and an important contribution to the public benefit of the scheme.’
High rise developments in this location tend to be opposed by critics on the grounds of the impact they will have on the historic buildings of the City of London. However, the planner’s comments seem to suggest that the inclusion of free public space is seen as something of a mitigating factor. Back in November Bury Street Properties announced plans for a 1,000 foot tulip-styled tower and promise to provide 20,000 free visits for schoolchildren each year.