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Be The First To See The Next Mega Skyscraper That Will Rival London's Shard

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 29 November 2016
The new 73-storey ‘Trellis’ building will be the tallest tower in the City of London and the second-tallest in western Europe after the Shard, it has just been revealed.

 

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1 Undershaft – already nicknamed ‘Trellis’ due to the red X-shaped stabilising braces on show – is due to be 309.6 metres high when complete, putting it essentially on a par with the 310-metre Shard in London Bridge.

Designed by architect Eric Parry, the brainchild of the St Martin-in-the-Field project in Trafalgar Square and the new City of London office development near Fenchurch St, the tower is due to have a free public viewing gallery at the top (the Shard currently costs £25 a ticket), plus the highest restaurant in the capital.

 

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1 Undershaft will be built next to 22 Bishopsgate, which is another skyscraper that’s already under construction and is due to be finished in 2018.

The new building will cast a shadow over other iconic London landmarks in the area, including the well-known ‘Gherkin‘ (30 St Mary Axe) and the ‘Cheesegrater’ (122 Leadenhall Street).

The planning and transport committee of the City of London Corporation approved permission, which claimed the move was a sign that Brexit hasn’t had a negative impact on construction in the city. The hefty tower will provide 130,000 sqm of offices and 2,000 sqm of retail space.

 

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 It will be completed at some point in the 2020s, as tenants remain in the 1960s Aviva Tower, which will be demolished to make way for the new mega skyscraper.