8 Bishopsgate is a 204m redevelopment project with 51 floors above the ground and a total floor area of 85,000m². Credit: Mitsubishi Estate.
Construction on 8 Bishopsgate Tower started in March 2019. Credit: WOLFFKRAN International.
8 Bishopsgate Tower provides 560,000ft2 of office, retail, and public space. Credit: WilkinsonEyre.
The project was completed in June 2023. Credit: WilkinsonEyre.
8 Bishopsgate Tower replaced the 6-8 Bishopgate and 150 Leadenhall Street buildings. Credit: Alinea Consulting.

8 Bishopsgate Tower is a new 51-storey mixed-use project located in London, UK. It replaces the existing 6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Street buildings and provides 570,000ft² of office, retail, and public space.

Mitsubishi Estate London, a real estate company, developed the new 204m tower with an investment of Y114bn ($796.04m).

Planning permission for the project was granted by the City of London in October 2017. The permission was for a revision to the original consented scheme, which was approved in 2015 and consisted of 40 storeys.

The project broke ground in March 2019 and was completed in June 2023.

8 Bishopsgate Tower location

The 8 Bishopsgate Tower site covers an area of 0.34ha on the corner of Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street. It is bounded to the north by the 22 Bishopsgate site and to the east by the 122 Leadenhall Street development site.

The site is accessible by the London Underground transit network and bus services.

8 Bishopsgate Tower design

The new 8 Bishopsgate tower comprises 51 storeys divided into a series of stacked blocks that reflect the region’s urban culture. As the tower reaches its full height, the blocks gently narrow and reduce in size, creating a slender profile. The design enables the creation of terraces and outdoor spaces for the residents.

The innovative double-skin facade with an automated interstitial blind provides views with ample daylight while limiting solar gain and reducing glare.

8 Bishopsgate Tower details

The building provides approximately 85,000m² of Class B1 office space, 445m² gross external area (GEA) for retail, and 199m² GEA of mixed retail/office space at the ground and mezzanine levels.

The office spaces are located between the third and 26th floors and the 28th to 48th floors.

The pavilion at level 51 is a mixed-use space covering an area of 819m² and comprising a public viewing gallery and tenant meeting rooms. The viewing gallery is open, free of charge, to a maximum of 50 members at a particular time during visiting hours. It can be accessed through a separate entrance lobby and lifts.

The project also includes more than 961 cycle parking spaces, each equipped with lockers, as well as 96 showers at the lower ground level.

8 Bishopsgate Tower construction details

Clearing and demolition works at 6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Street sites started in January 2018.

Initial works included the construction of a reinforced concrete core, followed by the steel structure of the building and concrete floor slabs.

The final phase of construction included the installation of mechanical and electrical plant and fit out of the interiors to make them ready for occupancy.

Sustainable features

High-end sustainability and low-energy initiatives have been incorporated into the design of the tower to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology ‘Excellent’ rating. Advanced rainwater storage and harvesting systems were employed to achieve sustainable urban drainage.

Passive design and energy efficiency measures were implemented to achieve a 26.5% reduction in carbon emissions, in accordance with the guidelines mentioned in the Building Regulations 2013-compliant baseline scheme.

Louvres with photovoltaic panels were installed on the roofs of the plant room, the pavilion, and level 48 to reduce carbon emissions. Heat exchanger rooms were installed for future connection to a district heating network, aiming to increase energy savings.

Contractors involved

Stanhope served as the development manager while Lendlease was engaged as the construction manager for the mixed-use tower.

WilkinsonEyre was the project architect while Arup was responsible for the structural and mechanical engineering works.

Gerald Eve was the planning consultant while Alinea Consulting was the cost consultant. Keltbray carried out the demolition works of the 6-8 Bishopsgate/150 Leadenhall Street buildings.

KONE, a manufacturer of lifts and escalators, supplied a complete range of People Flow systems for the Bishopsgate project, including its ultraRope hoisting technology, KONE ultraRope.

Scheldebouw, part of Permasteelisa Group, served as the facade contractor for the project.

Gardner & Co, a ventilation specialist, provided comprehensive airside delivery services for five floors, encompassing both shell and core and fit-out areas.

J&P Building Systems, a lifting, waterproofing and concrete reinforcement products supplier, WolfKaran, a crane manufacturer, Celtic Contractors, a suspended ceilings specialist, and Ruddy, a joinery manufacturer, are some of the suppliers involved in the 8 Bishopsgate Tower project.