Progress is continuing at the site of the 51 storey skyscraper at 8 Bishopsgate which when complete will provide 560,000 square feet of office workspace, retail and public space including a viewing platform at level 50.
Mitsubishi Estate London and Stanhope are developing the site, with main contractor Lendlease now progressing the substructure works. The 0.34 hectare site adjacent to 22 Bishopsgate and 122 Leadenhall Street will be constructed in a series of stacked structures, which taper back to follow the sweeping lines of 122 Leadenhall.
The 726 feet tall tower represents a £300m investment that can now commence following completion of demolition and piling works last year.
The lowest block stretches from ground to 8th floor level and contains floor plates that extend into the buildings footprint behind, enabling floor plates of circa 24,000 sq ft GEA. Access is then provided to a terrace on level 9 for the block on the corner of Leadenhall Street.
The mid levels span up to level 25 and each contain circa 19,000 sq ft GEA. As the building steps back, large roof terraces are created offering amenity space for the office floors. These are landscaped at levels 11 and 25. At the upper levels between level 26 and 47 the floor plates get smaller still with approximately 12,000 sq ft GEA.
The upper pavilion between levels 48 and 51. Levels 48 and 49 provide plant rooms, while level 50 contains a public viewing gallery and meeting rooms for the buildings tenants. At level 51 there is then a roof terrace for a BMU and cooling towers.
Tower crane erection now underway and construction above ground is expected soon.