London’s latest skyscraper building will be tallest in financial district

A 278-metre glass covered tower designed by PLP Architecture is set to become the tallest building in London’s financial district.

22 Bishopsgate is a 62-storey mix-use skyscraper which will feature a free public viewing platform and London’s highest bar and restaurant.

It will be the second tallest building in the city, taking the spot of the Cesar Pelli-designed One Canada Square in Canary Wharf. The tallest is Renzo Piano’s 309-metre-tall The Shard.

“The City of London’s resolution to grant planning permission for 22 Bishopsgate marks a significant step forward in our plans for this exciting new development, which will provide a high quality and environmentally-friendly working environment for over 12,000 people in the heart of the City of London,” said Anne Kavanagh of Axa Real Estate, the scheme’s French investor.

The building will sit on the foundations and three basement levels of the abandoned Pinnacle skyscraper. Construction on the 63-storey tower by KPF – which was intended to be 10 metres taller than 22 Bishopsgate – stalled in 2011. But use of its ground work is intended to minimise disruption to the site and quicken construction time.

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