Unique public realm planned with tallest tower

World-famous architect Lord Rogers has promised new public realm “unlike anything in London” as part of his bid to design the capital’s tallest building.

The head of Richard Rogers Partnership unveiled his plans on Tuesday and they include the public space at the foot of the 736ft tower of glass that tapers like a giant upended wedge. The space will be partly enclosed by glass walls and host art exhibitions, music, cinema, and spill out on to more hard-landscaped areas with trees, street furniture and immaculate detailing of materials. Water features may also form part of the design for 122 Leadenhall Street. However English Heritage and conservationists have criticised the tower’s height, saying it will overshadow other open spaces like Pater Noster Square and the dome of St Paul’s. Lord Rogers counters that the triangular shape of his design will contrast not compete with Sir Christopher Wren’s dome.

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