New plans unveiled for London’s tallest skyscraper

6 December 2015 (Last Updated December 6th, 2015 18:30)

Fresh plans for a 73-storey skyscraper 1 Undershaft in London have been unveiled, which is set to be the tallest skyscraper in the UK capital upon completion.

Fresh plans for a 73-storey skyscraper 1 Undershaft in London have been unveiled, which is set to be the tallest skyscraper in the UK capital upon completion.

The development will rise up to 309.6m in place of the headquarters of insurance giant Aviva in the city, which is the maximum allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

It has been planned to reach almost the same height as The Shard, London's tallest development.

The building is primarily an office development and has been designed by architect Eric Parry.

"This building will set new standards for the City in terms of comfort, quality, environmental sustainability and putting the public at the heart of the tower."

Singapore-based developers Aroland Holdings intend to submit planning applications for the development early next year.

It will feature a viewing platform higher than that of the Shard, along with the highest public sky restaurant.

With 90,000m² of space, the development will have the capacity to accommodate 10,000 people. It is also expected to include 1,500 bicycle spaces along with new shower and changing facilities.

Eric Parry said: "One Undershaft will create more of the quality office space that is desperately needed in the capital and will reconnect the city's tall building cluster with the public.

"This building will set new standards for the City in terms of comfort, quality, environmental sustainability and putting the public at the heart of the tower."

The new design for the building represents that of a conventional office tower, having distinctive visible structural cross bracing, reports Construction Enquirer.