Aldgate development gets green light


Developer Beetham has been given planning permission for a mixed-use building in the City of London, Building Design has reported.

The design, by Foreign Office Architects, is part of a £700 million scheme, which takes the form of three crystal-shaped buildings, between 12 and 22 storeys high.

"I’m very pleased," said Foreign Office partner Alejandro Zaera-Polo. "It took quite a long time to get there but Beetham seem determined to proceed as soon as possible."

"The question now is what speed it will get built…which depends on the economic climate," he said.

The development will provide more than 1,000,000 sq ft of new office space, 35,000 sq ft of retail space, a public roof garden, covered plaza and an innovative community centre.

Numerous examples of bold design can be seen across the capital’s skyline with city offices found in both futuristic glass towers and period architecture.