Aerial view Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

The City of London has granted planning permission to Mitsubishi Estate London for developing a 40-storey office tower in the UK capital.

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower will be an office-led, mixed-use development with flexible retail space for shops and restaurants at the ground and mezzanine levels.

The tower will also house a public access viewing gallery on the topmost floor.

The proposed development will offer more than 750,000ft² of gross office area, and will be equipped with high-sustainability and low-energy features.

Under development at 6 – 8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Street, the construction has been designed to achieve a BREEAM NC 2014 ‘Excellent’ rating.

"We will now be able to deliver a striking landmark building for London that will further enhance its global appeal."

Wilkinson Eyre Architects founder Chris Wilkinson said: "We are delighted to obtain planning permission to build on this important site in the City for Mitsubishi Estates.

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"Our design will provide excellent office accommodation whilst respecting its urban context."

Mitsubishi Estate London chief executive Naoki Umeda said: "We are delighted that we will now be able to deliver a striking landmark building for London that will further enhance its global appeal."

Stanhope is the development manager of the scheme, while Gerald Eve has been acting as the planning advisor.

Arup was engaged as the structural and services engineer for the project, which includes Alinea as the cost consultant.

Image: An aerial view of the planned Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower. Photo: courtesy of WilkinsonEyre.