Brace yourself — a new skyscraper could soon dominate the City's skyline.
London & Oriental (L&O) has revealed plans for a new 56-storey tower in the City at 100 Leadenhall Street that will provide up to 110,000 square metres of flexible, high-quality office space.
Located on the edge of the City's eastern cluster, the new landmark will also open up a fresh pedestrian route into the City.
The new skyscraper was designed by award-winning architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill — the company behind the Broadgate Tower, One World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa.
L&O was commissioned by the Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Development Company to consider the redevelopment opportunity after purchasing three buildings — 100, 106 and 107 Leadenhall Street — and to seek planning consent for a new commercial development.
The company aims to submit a planning application to the City of London Corporation in early 2018.
Mark Cannell, partner at London & Oriental, said:
Our ambition has been to create a building which both respects the valuable historic and contemporary surroundings while contributing an exciting new landmark building for London.
As well as offering a beautiful and striking piece of new architecture to the London skyline, the proposed building will provide new high-quality office space needed to maintain London’s standing as a global financial centre.
This article originally appeared on City AM.