The Pinnacle: 'New Look' Leaked

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 38 months ago
The Pinnacle: 'New Look' Leaked

UPDATE: PLP has said the images leaked here are out of date and do not reflect the new design.

It's unusual for a building to go back to the drawing board once construction has started, but that's precisely the case for the hapless Pinnacle. Images purporting to be those of a totally new design surfaced on SkyscraperCity earlier today — and frankly, things are looking grim.

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Gone is the scroll-like sculpture, and in its place is a cumbersome chunk of shininess which, from some angles, doesn't look unlike a hulking great cigarette lighter. We must point out that these images are what's known as 'massing models', so although indicative of size and shape, they're not the final design (if indeed they are the design at all).

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But while we can't confirm the plans are bona fide, the Financial Times has reported that the existing stump of the Pinnacle is indeed to be demolished, and that a new building will be erected in its place, as part of a £300m deal by French investor Axa Real Estate and developers Lipton Rogers and Temasek Holdings.

Even the Pinnacle name has bitten the dust. Attempt #2 will likely be called 22 Bishopsgate — not as aspiring as the previous name, and perhaps sensibly so.


Commenters on SkyscraperCity were largely unequivocal with their views on the alleged new designs. "That is vile," said one. "Words fail. This actually could be the worst proposal I've ever seen for a London tower," commented another. "Oh dear," said a third.

Construction of the Pinnacle commenced in 2009 but the project ran into complications and only seven of 63 storeys were ever completed.

Last Updated 19 February 2015


Newsflash: people are complaining about what a skyscraper looks like!

In other news - comical shape comparison made for skyscraper!

I do get a tired sense of déjà vu.

Michael Richard Allen

Newsflash: a skyscraper that no one likes the look of - skyscraper fanatic and conservative alike


Ive got a nickname for it: 'the piece of shit'.

Theyve actually come up with something worse than the completely bungled Walkie Talkie Tower, avec ugly black shades.

Walkie Talkie has scarred London's skyline, an absolute embarrassment to the citys skyline. This looks just as bad. These developers and planners are just not fit for the job.

Andrew Burgess

I, for one, quite liked the 'scroll of paper' shape, and am a bit gutted that they've changed it for this.


Nothing short of abysmal. Boring, crude, inelegant and out of place. This building is supposed to be the City's jewel in the crown but it's nothing more than a developers wet-dream. As said, the Walkie Talkie has already fucked the skyline - what can we do to stop it happening all over again again?


looks rough...disappointing, to say the least

Greg Tingey

Still not as bad as the ghastly proposals for Norton Folgfate / Bishopsgate Goods-Yard area, which are truly vile ....


Awful, the City's planning policy "Excellence everywhere" will lie in ruins if they approve this.

It might not be a newsflash that people complain about what a skyscraper looks like, but when it's the enthusats that normally applaud anything over 15 floors then you have a problem.


I am not a local but I love architecture & skyscrapers and visited london, which is one of my favourite cities around the world - not only because of its architecture - but this...honestly..this is a SHAME! the Kohn Pederson Fox - proposal is by far was the missing piece..but this proposal is a piece of s*** that destroys the opinion...and obvisiously the opinion of the majority of skyscraperfans...
please someone tell me that this won't get built...