Japanese developer joins rush upwards in the Square Mile

Mitsubishi Estate has resubmitted its 6-8 Bishopsgate tower in the City of London for planning, after stacking on an extra ten storeys.

Japan’s leading developer and architect Wilkinson Eyre have stretched the tower out to 50-storeys in height, up from the 40-storey scheme consented by planners almost two years ago.

The new plans are in part a response to a flurry of consents for tall towers nearby, including 1 Leadenhall, 1 Undershaft and 22 Bishopsgate.

The office-led tower, to be called Prussian Blue, retains its stepped concept and a public viewing gallery in a rooftop pavilion, but the extra 10 storeys has added an extra 120,000 sq ft of office space.

Stanhope is development manager on the scheme for Mitsubishi Estate, while Arup is the structural and services engineer and Alinea is the cost consultant.

A spokesperson for the development said: “Following consultation with key stakeholders, we have worked closely with our development team, including Stanhope, WilkinsonEyre, Arup and Gerald Eve, to ensure the revised scheme is appropriate within the context of its increasingly high-density City of London location.”