New Skyscraper Proposed For Leadenhall Street

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 56 months ago
New Skyscraper Proposed For Leadenhall Street
DBOX for Henderson Global Investors and MAKE
DBOX for Henderson Global Investors and MAKE
DBOX for Henderson Global Investors and MAKE
DBOX for Henderson Global Investors and MAKE

The design for another skyscraper on Leadenhall Street has been unveiled, to join fellow tall buildings the Cheesegrater and 'The Scalpel'.

This one comes from the drawing board of Make Architects, for Henderson Global Investors, and is planned for 40 Leadenhall Street. It looks more like a series of staggered buildings at various heights, ranging from 7 to 34 storeys to "sensitively terrace down in southern views from and across the River Thames". The Standard thinks it looks like something from Gotham City. There's a grade II listed building at 19-21 Billiter Street which Henderson says will be restored as part of the wider scheme. The design also has space for over 1,000 bicycles and 20,000 sq ft for retail and restaurants.

The City of London will have to sign off, and you can see the plans at St Katherine Cree church today between 12-7pm. Expect to see Simon Jenkins, having an aneurysm.

Last Updated 17 September 2013


Deck of cards!


Looks nicely proportioned. The preponderance of right angles should appease those who bemoan the trend for novelty shapes, like the Gherkin, Cheesegrater, Shard and Walky Talky.


I'm not one for the 'novely' design skyscrapers, but imagine how this will mess up the view of the city, especially from Shad Thames and city hall. And honestly the design looks ugly and unapologetic, like the Minster Court of the future.

manuela salvi

The lovely thing about London is that you can see the sky wherever you are. So rare in a Big Big City. Why Londoners are trying to imitate America?? I find it silly.

Beth Williams

So we are to be treated to another bland design!


What's it replacing?


if you streetview around, you'll find that this entire block is being taken down, with that lane expanded into a driveway: