22 Bishopgate to provide much needed London office space


New designs have been revealed for 22 Bishopgate – a building set to provide much needed new London office space.

At 278m tall, the new building will become London’s newest skyscraper. And offering 62 floors of space, it will become the tallest building in the Square Mile.

Bishopgate replaces the Pinnacle – the construction of which, was halted three years ago after work originally started in 2008. The Pinnacle was intended to be the central focus of London’s cluster towers, built very much in the style of a helter skelter, with lots of curves. Instead, since construction stopped on the site, the building is now also referred to as ‘The Stump’.

Designed by Lipton Rogers Bishopgate is a functional building, which is very much fit for purpose, offering standard office accommodation. It has also been proposed that the building will also contain a free public viewing gallery, as well as restaurant and bar.

The designs of 22 Bishopgate are likely to go to a planning committee in the coming weeks, however it’s unlikely that the outcome will be determined until autumn 2015. ┬áIf plans are successful then it’s expected that the deep foundation and elevator shaft which was formed for the Pinnacle will be completely demolished to make way for 22 Bishopgate.

By: Kirsty MacGregor

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