Another skyscraper is joining the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie in the heart of the City; 1 Leadenhall is the latest skyscraper to be unvieled in the heart of the capital's financial district.
A glass tower will be built opposite 6-8 Bishopsgate, at the junction of Gracechurch street and Leadenhall street. Currently, the site is occupied by an office block occupied by Amazon (who are relocating).
As part of the development - thought to be completed in early 2020 - Whittington Avenue will become pedestrianised, providing more access to Leadenhall market.
The plan for the building was unveiled today at a public consultation which will continue until Wednesday. Make Architects' Ken Shuttleworth, the man behind the Gherkin and City Hall, designed the skyscraper, which will provide a open terrace on the second floor overlooking Leadenhall market, accessible to the public.
Retail space will be available on the first three floors; the site's developers, Brookfield, envisage filling the shops with independent stores rather than chains. The free terrace will also house cafes and restaurants.
Brookfield have already showed the plans to market traders last week and received largely positive feedback; traders are keen to make the 135 year-old Leadenhall market more accessible to the public and City workers. They expressed concerns about how the building work will be handled, but have dealt with similar works in the past.