Tallest Skyscraper Planned for City of London Wins Approval

The City of London approved plans for what will be the tallest tower in the financial district.

The 73-story building, which will include a public viewing gallery and restaurant at the top, as well as enough workspace for 10,000 people, was approved at a vote on Monday. The tower will be constructed by Aroland Holdings Ltd., a closely-held company based in Singapore.

1 Undershaft

Source: Field Consulting/dBOX

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has discouraged companies from building new office space in the capital because of concerns about a potential drop in demand. New London office construction starts fell 42 percent in the six months through September compared with a year earlier, Deloitte LLP said in a Nov. 15 report.

The new building at 1 Undershaft, a plot of land between the skyscrapers known as the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin, will have about 970,000 square feet (90,000 square meters) of mostly office space. It will replace a tower in which insurer Aviva Plc is the biggest tenant.

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