Raft of firms including Brookfield Multiplex and PLP await outcome of planning meeting tomorrow


City of London planning officers have recommended that Lipton Rogers’ replacement scheme for the Pinnacle site - 22 Bishopsgate - should be approved by councillors at a planning meeting tomorrow.

The 62-storey tower is designed by PLP and is set to be constructed by Brookfield Multiplex. Building revealed earlier this month that William Hare and Careys have been lined up for the £40-50m steel and £30-40m concrete packages respectively.

In a report recommending approval, City of London planners said that while it had received objections - including from Royal Parks and the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Islington - they nonetheless believed the scheme “accords with the development plan as a whole” and “would preserve the setting of listed buildings”.

The report praises the scheme’s proposed public gallery on the ground floor, as well as the viewing gallery, bars and restaraunts on the top three floors. The report says: “The public realm benefits, most particularly the free public viewing gallery, are critical to the acceptability of this major development.”

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is engineer, Alinea is the cost consultant, Aecom is the employer’s agent and environmental consultant, Wilson James is providing logistics and DP9 is the planning consultant.