22 Bishopsgate London Tower, City Skyscraper Building, AXA Real Estate Project, News, Height

22 Bishopsgate Tower

Skyscraper Building Development constructed by Multiplex, England: Planning News design by PLP Architecture

7 Dec 2020

22 Bishopsgate Building News

22 Bishopsgate reaches practical completion.

The tallest tower in the City of London stands at 278 metres high. The project is developed and managed by AXA IM – Real Assets on behalf of an international consortium of investors, with Lipton Rogers Developments retained as developer.

22 Bishopsgate London tower building

The 1.4 million sq. ft (130,000 sqm) development is set to be Europe’s first vertical village.

22 Bishopsgate has London’s largest cycle park and a state-of-the-art gym, complete with a climbing window, 125 metres above the ground on level 25, as well as a wellbeing retreat on level 41. It is also the first building in the UK to apply for the Delos WELL Building Standard.

This people-focused building is a complex, 22 sided, faceted glass structure. The design is built and managed to satisfy the changing nature of the City of London in terms of the type, size and priorities of companies based there, including demands for high standards of technology and sustainability.

According to the statistics from the City of London Corporation*, while just over a third of businesses were financial services, tech was the fastest growing major sector in the City with jobs growth of 16%, the quality of workspace needed to reflect that in order to attract a more diverse range of tenants. Emphasis has been placed on constructing a building with flexible floorplates, high ceilings and exemplary lighting that compliments the natural light flow, which is enabled with three metres high, triple glazed windows.

22 Bishopsgate London office floor interior

The creation of approximately 100,000 sq ft of social spaces and services throughout the floors was a key part of the design. There is a 22,000 sq ft area of food and dining space on level 2, a members’ club on level 57 and London’s highest public viewing gallery on level 58.

Recognising the fact that 99% of City businesses are SMEs, there is an innovation hub for small businesses and start ups on level seven. Levels three and four, meanwhile, will house a new 51,000 sq ft events and meeting venue available for use by the hour or day.

FUTURE Designs, the international lighting designer and manufacturer completed the office lighting. They developed ‘GLOS’ for the project, a contemporary and minimalist luminaire that results in a perfectly illuminated environment.

As well as providing a place for 12,000 people to work, creating a diverse business community, 22 Bishopsgate also provides a range of retail, bar and restaurant units.

26 Oct 2020

The 22 Bishopsgate building is now completed.

2 Mar 2017

22 Bishopsgate Skyscraper Approval

Design: PLP Architecture

22 Bishopsgate Planning Approval News

The City of London has granted planning permission for revised proposals by PLP which reduces the building height by 23m, reports the Architects’ Journal.

The tower is set to reign briefly as the tallest building in the City of London until Aroland Holdings’ 1 Undershaft Tower completes, which will be 290 metres high.

The 22 Bishopsgate tower, under construction by Multiplex for AXA Investment Managers Real Assets, will be 255 metres (840 feet) tall.

Back on the 5th of December 2016 architects PLP submitted revised plans for their tower design at 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23m.

This City office development is due to have a population of 12,000 office workers over its 59 storeys.

Otis won a contract to install 57 elevators and 10 escalators at 22 Bishopsgate, reported www.theconstructionindex.co.uk in February 2017.

Otis will install 18 of its Gen2 elevators, 13 of its SkyRise single-deck, and 26 SkyRise double-deck elevators combined with its CompassPlus destination management system.

When completed, these elevators will be Europe’s fastest SkyRise double-decks, running at 8 metres/sec (approx. 30km/hour).

27 Oct 2016

22 Bishopsgate Skyscraper Development

Design: PLP Architecture

22 Bishopsgate Development News

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets to proceed with landmark 22 Bishopsgate development in London

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (“AXA IM – Real Assets”), the leading real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe(*), announces that, on behalf of a consortium of international investors, it will continue construction of 22 Bishopsgate (“22”) in the City of London.

22 Bishopsgate London Tower
image : Riverfilm Martin Richardson

The commitment to 22 demonstrates AXA IM – Real Assets’ and the consortium of international investors’ confidence in how appealing this highly progressive c.1.4 million sqft (c.128,000 sqm) development will be to all types of international and domestic occupiers. This confidence is based on the unique and broad range of amenities and types of space that 22 will offer, as well as its prime location in the City of London, as one of the leading global centres for international business, notwithstanding the current uncertainties created by the EU Referendum.

AXA IM – Real Assets, together with its development partner Lipton Rogers, expect to finalise the appointment of a contractor for the main build of the tower within the next few weeks, with work due to commence thereafter. Significant preparatory works have already been undertaken on the site, including substantially completing the foundations and ground works, which utilised those from the previous unfinished development, to allow for an accelerated construction timetable, with a target completion date of 2019.

On completion, 22 will be a new model and standard for workplace design and management, with the objective of meeting emerging occupier needs for greater space, adaptability, productivity and employee satisfaction. The building, designed to appeal to a broad range of occupiers, will offer extensive amenities and spaces for meeting as well as shared work environments, including an innovation centre that will support progressive new City businesses. A wide range of services, new technologies and events will serve the community of over 12,000 people working within 22.

22 Bishopsgate City of London
image from architects

Plans include dedicated areas for leisure, health and wellbeing. In line with AXA IM – Real Assets’ ambition to be a globally sustainable business, notably by targeting 75% of total direct property under management to be certified with reputable sustainability labels by 2030, 22 is the first UK building to apply for the Delos WELL Building Standard. This certification recognises the impact that buildings have on the health of their occupiers.

Pierre Vaquier, CEO of AXA IM – Real Assets, said: “Our ongoing commitment to 22 Bishopsgate reflects our firm belief, and that of our clients and partners, in this development project, aligned to the fact we are taking a long term view of this investment. The decision to proceed underscores our confidence in the progressive and attractive development that we will deliver at 22, coupled with the anticipated breadth of demand from local and global occupiers for easily accessible space in a prime location in the City of London, as one of the leading global centres for international business, that will respond to their future business needs.”

*Source: IP Real Estate Top 100 Investment Management Survey – Nov/Dec 2015

7 Apr 2016

22 Bishopsgate Skyscraper Approval News

Design: PLP Architecture

The City of London resolved to approve the 295-metre tall building in November 2015, subject to a final decision by the mayor of London.

22 Bishopsgate Pinnacle tower
image from architects

The structure is earmarked for the site of the part-built “Pinnacle” skyscraper. This secured planning permission in 2007 and work subsequently started on-site, only for construction to be halted in 2012, reports www.planningresource.co.uk.

Following a request from the scheme’s developer, AXA Investment Managers Real Assets and Lipton Roger, a report considered by the City of London’s planning committee earlier this week recommended that the authority use Section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to override rights to light claims which threatened to further stall the development.

22 Bishopsgate Tower

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5 Mar 2015

22 Bishopsgate, London

Design: PLP Architecture


PLP Architecture has been appointed by AXA Real Estate, on behalf of clients, and Lipton Rogers Developments as the architect for 22 Bishopsgate, a new office tower at the heart of the City of London.

The 22 Bishopsgate Tower is the acknowledged centre of the City cluster of tall buildings. Since the initial design, much has changed in the context of the City. A number of towers are now completed, notably the adjacent 122 Leadenhall. An entirely new design conceived for 22 Bishopsgate will now form part of the cluster.

22 Bishopsgate will be a building of character whose massing is shaped to enhance townscape views. The emphasis on the brief for the building is to be more than an office building, with social amenity spaces throughout the building shared by tenants; a free public viewing gallery, a restaurant and bar will occupy the top. Art will enrich the public realm experience.

Karen Cook, a founding partner of PLP Architecture, says, “We will work with Lipton Rogers Developments and AXA Real Estate to design what will become an exemplary building, setting new standards, for the world class workforce that is London.”

The consultant design team includes WSP (structures, building services and specialist engineering services), Vertical Transportation Studio (lift strategy), Professor Robert Tavernor (townscape assessment), Miller Hare (townscape visualisation), West 8 (landscape), Alinea (cost management).

The design is currently at the development stage and no images have been formally released.

22 Bishopsgate London Tower information from PLP Architecture

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20 Feb 2015

The Pinnacle – Helter Skelter

Julia Kollewe in the Guardian reports yesterday that, “The partially built Pinnacle building is to be revived to become the tallest tower in the City of London – but without the elegant twisting design at the top that earned it the nickname “the Helter Skelter”.

The Pinnacle, as seen from Waterloo Bridge, forms the apex of the emerging cluster of tall buildings in the City of London:
The Pinnacle - Helter Skelter
image : KPF and Cityscape

After months of negotiations, a consortium led by Axa Real Estate has clinched a £300m deal to buy the site near Liverpool Street station in the Square Mile. The building became known as “the Stump” when construction stopped abruptly three years ago.

Until now called the Pinnacle, the building will be renamed 22 Bishopsgate. Its design has undergone radical changes to save money. The office tower will be 60 storeys rather than 64, and the expensive curved-glass panels at the top are to be scrapped.

Aerial view of 22 Bishopsgate London looking south east towards the River Thames (Tower Bridge on right, Canary wharf beyond to left):
The Pinnacle - Helter Skelter London
aerial picture : public domain

It will however be the tallest building in the financial district at 262m, overtopping the nearby Heron Tower at 231 metres tall (758ft).”

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The Pinnacle tower London
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14 Mar 2013

The Pinnacle Skyscraper

The Pinnacle
image : KPF and Cityscape

The Pinnacle skyscraper
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Pinnacle Building Pinnacle Building London Helter Skelter Building
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tower photographs © Nick Weall

The groundwork for ‘The Cheesegrater‘ is in the foreground, with The Pinnacle behind:
The Helter Skelter
tower photo © Nick Weall

The Pinnacle London architect : KPF
The Pinnacle interior
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The Pinnacle London
The Pinnacle London
image : KPF and Cityscape

A London skyscraper by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF):

Heron Tower

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6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Tower, City of London, England, UK
Design: WilkinsonEyre
6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Tower
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6-8 Bishopsgate Tower

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