Revised scheme adds four extra levels taking building up to 80m tall

Plans to boost the size of an office block opposite Aldgate tube station have been given the green light by the City of London Corporation.

Members of the council’s planning and transportation committee backed the planning officer’s recommendation to approve the 16-storey scheme, voting 18 in favour and five against at a meeting yesterday morning. No objectors had registered to speak against the proposals.


Source: Acme Architects

Acme Architects’ revised proposals for 60 Aldgate, seen from the west

Acme Architects had originally won a resolution to grant planning permission for its 60 Aldgate building in December 2020 but further revisions to the scheme are now set to deliver almost 5,000 sq m of additional office space and four extra storeys.

The practice’s new proposals for client 4C Hotel Group would deliver an 80m tall building with three basement levels and 16 storeys at ground level and above, including mezzanine and plant levels.

It will also require the demolition of the Square Mile’s last remaining “slum pub”, a private house granted a license to serve alcohol.

The tiny Still & Star pub, first opened in 1820, will be replaced on the site with a larger copy described by one committee member as a “typical cavernous City pub for City workers”.