Plans For Tallest Building In City Of London Unveiled

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 31 months ago
Plans For Tallest Building In City Of London Unveiled
Here's how 1 Undershaft will look when it's completed, standing next to the Cheesegrater. Image © DBOX

Plans for the tallest building in the City of London have been unveiled, promising a free public viewing gallery, public space underneath, an education centre and restaurant at the top of the tower.

1 Undershaft is set to replace the Aviva building, between the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin, and at 73 floors will be taller than even the doomed Pinnacle, which was demolished after construction work got only as high as seven storeys.

The top will have a public viewing platform and a restaurant. © DBOX

Designed by Eric Parry Architects in London, if completed the building will accommodate 10,000 people and include 1,500 bicycle spaces.

Special fins included in the design will reduce solar glare and keep the building cool, to reduce energy use.

Reception will be on the first floor, enabling the underneath of the building to be open to the public. © DBOX

There's chance to see the designs at a consultation at the Bishopsgate Institute from 10am-8pm today and from 9am-8pm on 8 and 9 December.

A planning application will be submitted to the City of London in the New Year.

Last Updated 09 December 2015

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Neither showy nor dull. Looks just about right for the site - at least on those renders. It also hides the pig-ugly replacement for the Pinnacle, which is a bonus.


Needs a nickname - judging by the diamond shapes, may I suggest the Pringle Jumper? Or how about the Scissor-lift?


What a boring box, looks like an overlong arglye sock. Let's hope we can come up with a boring nickname, and with more wit than my Sock Box.


Also, this occurs to me...


Can we agree now that it looks like a girder structure from Donkey Kong? So, "Donkey Kong Tower" ok by everyone?


Brilliant! Another ugly, my d*** is bigger than yours building.


I like it. I've had about enough of way-out-shaped buildings. And funny names too. This looks straightforward but not plain - the cross-bracing looks like the Hancock tower in Chicago. I like the idea of a free viewing gallery, though I'll believe it when I see it; a lot of developers' promise vanish like smoke in the wind some way before completion (see: Walkie-Talkie).