The City of London Corporation has decided to grant planning permission to Lai Sun Development for the construction of a skyscraper at 100 Leadenhall in the City of London.
When completed, it will be the third tallest building in London at 263.4 metres and will employ nearly 6,300 workers.
The project will involve the demolition of existing developments at 100, 106 and 107 Leadenhall Street, where a 56-storey tower will be constructed.
Called Cheesegrater 2, the building will provide more than 102,000m² of office accommodation, in addition to basement showers, cycle parking, ground floor retail space, two podium terraces and a public viewing gallery on the top two floors, which will have dedicated lifts.
The first level of the free public viewing gallery will provide panoramic views across London and the top floor will offer views to the south, hosting 360 guests at a time. The levels will be used as a restaurant and bar outside of public viewing gallery hours.
Scheduled for completion in 2026, 100 Leadenhall Street will be one of the seven towers in the city’s eastern cluster. It will host a high level free public viewing gallery at its peak.
The development is expected to increase flexible office accommodation in the city.
New routes will be created through the site. One route will create a link between Leadenhall Street and Bury Street. Another route, which will connect Leadenhall Street to St Mary Axe, will lead to a new garden space behind Grade I Church of St Andrew Undershaft.
The City of London Corporation has launched a consultation on the proposed improvements to the eastern cluster, an office building area.
The proposals include increase in pedestrian priority across the area; greening the area; cultural programme featuring pop-up events, art and music; creating flexible spaces that support changing working patterns; and new brand name for the eastern cluster.
Drop-in consultation sessions will be held at locations across the Square Mile.
Image: Cheesegrater office tower. Photo: courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.