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Green light for tallest tower in City of London

Tue 10th Jan 2017

Plans for the tallest tower in the City of London have been given the green light

The proposals for the 1 Undershaft tower, which will be the At 289.94 metres tall (304.94m Above Ordnance Datum), making it the tallest in the London Square Mile were given the green light by City Planners on 28th November 2016. Initial plans for the building to be the height of the Shard had to be scaled back in response to concerns from aviation authorities about it impacting on space allocated to approach routes for planes travelling to London City Airport. 

The existing Aviva tower which was Completed in 1969 (118 metres tall) was the first building in London to exceed the height of St Paul's Cathedral and will be demolished to make way for the new Eric Parry-designed building.

The proposals include a new larger public square at the base of the tower and the elevated office reception lobby means that the public will be able to walk freely beneath the skyscraper. Retail space will be created in the lower level retail gallery, with new restaurants, cafés, and shops accessed from the public square. There will also be a free public viewing gallery at the top making it the highest in the UK. The public elements of this skyscraper building will mean it is in use seven days a week.

MSA are proud to have been involved with the project and our comprehensive 3D laser scanning approach has enabled us to deliver detailed 3D modelling for the site and wider area that has been essential to the design and planning process.