London’s 73-storey Trellis skyscraper gets green light

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London's 73-storey Trellis skyscraper gets green light
The entrance to the Trellis from the east / © DBOX for Eric Parry Architects

1 Undershaft will be second tallest building in western Europe after the Shard and will include a free public viewing gallery

A skyscraper almost as tall as the Shard is to be added to the central London skyline after the 73-storey building was given planning approval.

Known as 1 Undershaft, the site’s address in London’s financial district, and nicknamed the Trellis, it will be the second-tallest building in western Europe, after the Shard, at more than 300 metres.

Designed by the architect Eric Parry for Singaporean developers Aroland Holdings, the building will have a free public viewing gallery and what is claimed to be London’s highest restaurant.

The skyscraper is to be built on the site of the Aviva Tower, which will be demolished, and is due to be completed at some point in the 2020s, as tenants remain in the building currently standing on the site.

The Museum of London is working with the developers on the possibility of installing an exhibition at the top of the building with interactive learning spaces for schools and other educational groups.

It will overlook other landmarks such as the Cheesegrater (122 Leadenhall Street) and the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) in the City of London. […]