- Location London, UK
- Status Planning approved
- Service Architecture
- Sectors Tall buildings, Workplace
- Area 84,500m²/909,600ft²
- Client Nuveen
Our design for 40 Leadenhall Street, located in the City of London’s insurance district, needed to work within its surrounding cluster of tall, striking buildings while making its own confident statement. It also needed to respect its historic surroundings, protect the view to St Paul’s Cathedral and stay sympathetic to 19–21 Billiter Street, a Grade II-listed building on the site.
We’ve reconciled these contextual challenges with a sensible but striking 34-storey design that recalls the classic North American skyscrapers of the early 20th century. The building is made up of several stepped blocks, and at its tallest point to the north, around neighbouring towers, terraces down towards the river and the Tower of London. It steps back on Leadenhall Street to remain out of sight from Fleet Street and the ceremonial route to St Paul’s.
Inside, a wide variety of floorplates will cater for different office tenants. Outside, retail entrances and a doubleheight entrance lobby will create lively areas. Almost 15% of the site will be accessible to the public.
The result is a well-thought-out confluence of architecture, townscape and commercial need – one that celebrates the history of London’s insurance district and will make a substantial impact on its future.
We look forward to delivering a world-class 21st-century building that will enhance the City’s insurance district and reinforce its premier global position. The design breaks new ground and will join the City of London’s celebrated portfolio of modern buildings.
Due to house 10,000 people upon completion, 40 Leadenhall Street is one of the biggest schemes to ever receive planning permission in the City of London.