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New Images Released for 36-Story Reuse Proposal in London

60 Gracechurch Street exterior image (c)3XN
60 Gracechurch Street exterior image (c)3XN
07 June 2024 | London, United Kingdom

At a second round of public consultation on 28 May, new images have been released for a proposed 36-story high-rise at 60 Gracechurch Street in the City of London. Designed by 3XN Architects, the office-led tower is positioned at the corner with Fenchurch Street, and aims to integrate seamlessly with the growing cluster of skyscrapers in the Square Mile.

Designed for Sellar and a UK subsidiary of Obayashi Properties, the project will include commercial and public uses such as a public lobby, café, courtyard space, and ground-level access to a public rooftop area. The future of the existing 13-story office building on the site, Allianz House, is yet to be determine and options for its retention or extension are included in the current proposals. Allianz House, completed in 1997, is currently home to the German insurance giant Allianz, which plans to vacate the building in 2026.

The project team emphasizes that the new building will have high marks as a sustainable commercial buildings with plans to excell in environmental and wellness standards. The architecture firm revisited the design after Obayashi Properties UK purchased the building for £160 million in early 2023. Previously, a 30-story building had been proposed for KGAL, the building’s former owner. 

Initial designs were revealed to the public in April 2024. A planning application is anticipated this summer.

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