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Shoreditch, London Skyscraper Plans Replaced by Different Architect

(c) GJ Marshy
(c) GJ Marshy
10 January 2023 | London, United Kingdom

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is working on a new Shoreditch skyscraper, replacing an already approved 21-story tower designed by Make for the same site

In 2021 Hackney Council approved Make’s proposal for a major office development bound by Wilson Street, Christopher Street and Earl Street near Finsbury Square. However, the site’s owner, London Stock Exchange, later sold the site to developers Edge and Mitsui Fudosan.

The new owners have since appointed AHMM to design a six to 21-story office building, according to a pre-application document written by Hackney Council. The building would feature angled façades and step-back from the sixth floor, with terraces at every level above, under early plans.

Both Make and AHMM’s scheme include the demolition of the existing 1962 Technico House, which includes an entrance canopy and brown windows added by Richard Seifert and Partners in 1986. The schemes would also raze the 1986 London Stock Exchange Building, designed by Llewelyn-Davies Weeks.

The scheme will also remove a 1930s façade at 56 Wilson Street, which forms part of the London Stock Exchange Building. A 19th century façade at 58 Wilson Street, which Make had planned to retain, will be demolished under the AHMM proposals, according to pre-application documents.

The AHMM scheme features around 40,000 square meters office space as well as ground floor retail spaces. The AJ understands a detailed planning application for the scheme will be submitted to Hackney in the next two months.

The tower will join an emerging cluster of high-rises around Shoreditch, with Foster + Partners’ 50-storey Principal Place and Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 33-storey One Crown Place already been built, and Perkins + Will’s 40-story The Stage nearing completion.

Consented high-rise schemes nearby include Eric Parry’s 29-story Bishopsgate Goodsyard tower, as well as 3XN’s 37-story Broadgate tower. Forthcoming schemes also include a 48-story tower by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill near Finsbury Square and a 37-story KPF tower at Old Street.

For more on this story, go to Architects' Journal.