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Another City of London tower gets approval

The City of London Corporation has approved plans for a 24-storey office-led development on Houndsditch, the seventh tall building to be approved this year.

The Planning and Transportation Committee backed Brockton Everlast’s scheme, designed by architects AHMM, which offers more than 56,500m2 of office space as well as flexible retail/café space, community space, basement cycle parking and new public realm.

The office areas are flexible and adaptable, specifically designed to meet new ways of working and to meet the demands of different types of business occupiers including incubators, start-ups and SMEs.

The development has a strong focus on sustainability with the proposals aiming to reduce operational carbon emissions by 44% (when compared to a Building Regulations compliant building) and reducing whole-life carbon emissions.

It also includes ambitious urban greening including green walls and various landscaped terraces and balconies for office occupiers.

Chair of the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, Alastair Moss, said: “115-123 Houndsditch is the seventh office-led tall building scheme to secure planning permission in the Square Mile this calendar year.

“This is not only an unprecedented number of major developments to come for decision, but it also clearly illustrates the enduring strength of the office market in the City of London and unwavering confidence from developers.

“With ambitious sustainability credentials, a focus on occupier well-being and offering in-demand flexible office floorspace for all variety of business, this development on Houndsditch will be an exemplar of the future of the Square Mile.”

Development Director at Brockton Everlast, Richard Berry, said: “We designed a new building of the highest architectural quality to provide a twenty first century workplace, putting health, wellness and sustainability first.

“This scheme has been designed from the start with a relentless focus on carbon reduction. We tasked the architects to create an exceptional and sustainable design – one that delivers a vastly improved operational carbon footprint as part of our goal to future-proof the building for the next generation of net-zero occupiers.”

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