New designs of 36-storey tower next to Walkie-Talkie that would change London skyline forever

Mock-up of 60 Gracechurch Street proposal
-Credit: (Image: 3XN)


New images have been published for a proposed 36-storey office block in the City of London. 60 Gracechurch Street, which is next to the Walkie Talkie, is being eyed-up to become the latest skyscraper in the Square Mile, with a range of commercial and public uses planned.

The owner of the site, Japanese construction company Obayashi Properties, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) its aspiration is to deliver “an exemplar commercial building that contributes to the evolving ‘City Cluster’”.

Gracechurch Street is already home to two major schemes, the 33-storey tower planned for 70 Gracechurch Street and the 32-storey block at 85 Gracechurch Street, both of which have been approved by the City of London Corporation. 60 Gracechurch Street has just finished its latest round of consultation, with an application reportedly expected to be submitted this summer.

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Obayashi Properties is working on the scheme with developer Sellar, which is behind the Liverpool Street Station redevelopment plans and major projects such as the Shard.

Consultation documents note that as well as the office space, the plans for 60 Gracechurch Street include amenities such as a café courtyard and dedicated access to a public roof terrace.

Mock-up of the 60 Gracechurch Street plans
A planning application is expected to be submitted this summer -Credit:3XN

On the project’s dedicated webpage, the scheme is described as “highly sustainable with a range of amenities and terraces at every floor, as well as a unique arrival experience. This will offer modern and flexible office space, with space for the community and the public.”

Bruce McAra of Obayashi Properties UK said: “Having recently completed a full refurbishment of Bracken House in 2019, we are pleased to continue our investment, in particular in the City with the development of 60 Gracechurch Street. Working with Sellar we have assembled a world class team to deliver our aspiration for an exemplar commercial building that contributes to the evolving ‘City Cluster’.”

Visual of proposed 60 Gracechurch Street scheme
As well as office space, the proposed scheme also includes a number of public amenities -Credit:3XN

James Sellar, Chief Executive of Sellar, said: “With Obayashi, we share a commitment to delivering one of the most sustainable landmark commercial buildings in the Square Mile, with environmental and wellness credentials that outperform the rest of the City Cluster. Our aim is to create a building with spaces that suit the requirements of modern occupiers, which is essential to attract leading businesses and ensuring London maintains its status as a world-class city.

"We look forward to working with the City of London Corporation and other local stakeholders on the next stages of this exciting project.”

According to the trade title Building, construction is expected to start once the building is vacated in 2026, with the work to be completed in 2029.

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