London’s proposed 1 Undershaft Building: Top 10 facts

By Catherine Sturman
The second tallest building in London is set to be built, only falling slightly behind the infamous Shard building. Reaching heights of over 304 metres...

The second tallest building in London is set to be built, only falling slightly behind the infamous Shard building. Reaching heights of over 304 metres and owned by Singaporean developer Aroland Holdings, take a look at our top 10 facts regarding the 1 Undershaft tower.

1. The construction, similar to St Mary’s Axe (the Gherkin) and the ***, has been given a nickname of ‘The Trellis’ due to its steel cross-bracing design

2. St Helen’s tower (previously known as the Aviva Tower), will need to be demolished prior to its construction.

3. Although it will become the second tallest building in London, original proposals had to be re-designed due to Civil Aviation Authority concerns that its original height would interfere with flight paths.  

4. The mixed-use building will dwarf 22 Bishopsgate Tower situated close by and will incorporate 73 storeys, office accommodation and retail outlets.

5. The development will open up over 10,000 new roles once completed, with ample parking space at the basement and over 1,500 bike spaces.

6. Built predominately with steel, the construction date has yet to be announced, but is hoped to complete within five years.

7. The vast building will be able to house over 10,000 people.

8.  To minimise the impact of the buildings scale, the new tower narrows slightly at the top, incorporating a viewing gallery at the top for tourists and visitors to access

9. A restaurant has also been planned to become embedded at the top of the new build.

10. The rectangular building will further drive business and tourism into the capital, increase employment opportunities once finalised and ensure London retains its position as a key financial player worldwide.

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