PLP Architecture has received planning approval for its 62-story tower at 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London. 22 Bishopsgate, which will take the place of the high-profile "Pinnacle" designed by KPF and abandoned as a result of the financial crisis, will be the City of London's tallest building at a height of 278 meters. As reported by The Architects' Journal, the design of the project has been led by PLP co-founder Karen Cook, who worked on the design of the Pinnacle before leaving KPF in 2009.
Though 10 meters shorter than the Pinnacle design, the new design will contain 30% more floor space than the earlier design, bringing an added 130,000 square meters of new office space to the city, as well as a free public viewing gallery on the upper floors, a two-story restaurant and bar, a conference center, a medical center, a library, a wellness suite and sports facilities. The design will re-use the Pinnacle's completed foundations and basement, however as BD reports the nine-story stump that formed the lower levels of the Pinnacle's core will be demolished before construction begins.
The approval comes in spite of a number of objections. However, the City of London's Chief Planning Officer Annie Hampson supported the scheme, telling BD: "This is a substantial high-quality tower. 22 Bishopsgate exemplifies many of the qualities we are looking for in our landmark buildings – it is elegant, calm, and open to the public. A viewing gallery at the top will provide for workers, visitors, residents with the opportunity to look out over the City free of charge."