#The City to gain a new layer in its skyline following approval
Despite the approval of 1 Undershaft now confirmed, we may have to wait quite a number of years until we see any activity on site.
The current tower, St Helens, is occupied, and with the recently completed refurbishment of the lobby, the 290m tall skyscraper won’t be taking the number one slot in Londons ‘The City’ skyline until the 2020s. Although a 5m/16ft height decrease was ruled in due to concerns of the tower crane entering air traffic space, the tower will still stand prominently above the city, rising above the former Pinnacle development, which has also recently received a chop down to 255m/837ft.
1 Undershaft will rise two and a half times taller than St Helens which currently sits upon the site at 118m/387ft tall, nestled between 122 Leadenhall and The Gherkin.
Below is a photo taken by myself of the current tower and location, where you can also see the recently refurbished lobby:
Photo taken by me of St Helens which will become 1 Undershaft in the turn of the next decade.