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.
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 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.