Developers have revealed updated designs for One Undershaft, a proposed skyscraper in the City of London set to rival the iconic Shard in height. Originally granted planning approval in 2016, the tower’s plans were revised to accommodate changes reflecting the shift in office dynamics following the Covid-19 pandemic. The updated design features a slightly increased height, making it London’s joint-highest building at 309.6 meters. The initial rectangular shape has been replaced with a new stepped design.
In an effort to maximize public space, the development incorporates an “elevated podium garden” on the 11th floor, along with restaurants and flexible cultural spaces on surrounding floors. The pinnacle of the tower will house London’s highest public viewing gallery, accompanied by two floors of education spaces curated by the Museum of London.
The planning application emphasizes the project’s commitment to providing extensive publicly accessible spaces, aligning with the City of London’s aspirations to establish a “Destination City.” The development aims to be open and accessible to all, contributing to the city’s vibrant urban landscape.
Previously nicknamed The Trellis due to its distinctive “cross-bracing” pattern, the revised plans indicate the removal of this feature. The tower is now in search of a new nickname, joining the ranks of neighboring landmarks like The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater, and The Walkie Talkie.
One Undershaft is slated for completion in 2029 and is anticipated to become a significant addition to the City’s “Eastern Cluster.” This area already boasts 11 buildings measuring 100m or taller, with plans for at least 10 more in the pipeline. As London continues its vertical expansion, One Undershaft is positioned to redefine the city’s skyline and contribute to its architectural legacy.