PLP Architecture, London
22 Bishopsgate is designed to improve the public realm and to stimulate the individual through several means, both physical and qualitative. Currently under construction, 22 Bishopsgate is part of a cluster of tall buildings in the heart of the City of London’s financial district. When completed in 2019, it will be the tallest building in the City.
London’s population is growing. In addition, commuter numbers into the City of London will increase with the arrival of a new high-speed train. City planning policies concentrate tall buildings together, increasing the number of pedestrians and vehicles, but also aim to improve the pedestrian experience. How can the design of a tall building mitigate pressures that urban growth places on the public realm?
Tenants of commercial offices seek to occupy their premises at higher densities than before the financial crisis, while attracting the brightest, most talented employees by offering choice and convenience. How can the design of a speculative tower meet this new work paradigm?
Pedestrian experience is improved by art; wind mitigation; reduced vehicle trips; site permeability and a free-to-access public viewing gallery. As the UK’s first WELL-enabled tower, 22 Bishopsgate offers qualitative characteristics benefiting body and mind: air, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, spirit. Shared amenity spaces, greater ceiling heights, more natural light, bicycle parking, art, and innovative information technologies contribute to a creative, collaborative working environment.