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Henderson’s £400m ‘Gotham City’ London office scheme gets approved

Henderson Global Investors has officially gained planning permission for its ‘Gotham City’ London office scheme: With the property investment and management firm set to splash £400m on the development while also constructing a rival to the Walkie Talkie skyscraper.

Its plans for 40 Leadenhall Street in the City of London include an array of offices standing from seven to 34 storeys in height and offering more than 890,ooo sq ft of London office space, as well as 20,000 sq ft of shops. It has been designed by Ken Suttleworth’s Make architectural practice.

The colossal tower will be similar in size Walkie Talkie and have to home around 7,000 workers.

Henderson Global Investors director of property, Nick Deacon, said: “We are delighted to have achieved a resolution to gr ant planning permission for what will be a very exciting addition to the London skyline and a valuable contribution to the City’s ever evolving tower cluster.

“This is a significant step forward for the project. We are committed to progressing the scheme and have begun to explore a number of options to achieve this.”

The building will sit in the City of London’s insurance district in EC3 and is designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standard as well as offering more than 1,000 bicycle spaces.

Make partner and lead architect, Paul Scott, added: “The design breaks new ground and will join the City of London’s iconic portfolio of modern buildings.”

Building work will create 390 full-time jobs throughout the construction process, although work is not expected to start until next year. A completion date is not yet confirmed, but Henderson believe it will be at some point in 2019.

By: Kirsty MacGregor

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