Scalpel Skyscraper Gets Planning Approval

First glimpsed in September, the proposed skyscraper on the corner of Leadenhall Street and Lime Street in the City, dubbed the Scalpel, has been granted planning permission.

Heralding, perhaps, a welcome shift away from comestibles and toward a typology based on medical instruments (surely the Dentist’s Drill Tower isn’t far behind?), the Scalpel will serve as the headquarters for American insurance firm WR Berkely, who will occupy a quarter of the building’s space, The angular edifice tapers to a height of 190m, slightly loftier than its near-neighbour, the Gherkin. The expected completion date is 2017.

The building’s architect is Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), who are making their mark on the square mile at present: the practice also designed the Heron Tower and the (currently stalled) Pinnacle and, as Building Design reports, will also be working on a new HQ for Goldman Sachs.

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