Phase Two of Heron Tower development gets Green Light
The developers behind Heron Tower, a skyscraper at 110 Bishopsgate that is currently under construction in the City of London, have gained planning permission to build the adjacent Heron Plaza – the second phase of the scheme.
Pictured: The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at Heron Plaza.
Incorporating retail space, serviced apartments and a luxury hotel – the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences London, the first hotel to be purpose-built in the City for 30 years – the 43-storey development will be linked to the BREEAM Excellent-rated Heron Tower and will share energy savings from a combined heat and power system.
The Heron Plaza will introduce 190 hotel suites and 120 new luxury apartments, along with restaurants, state of the art conference facilities, meeting space, a gym, spa and swimming pool.
The centrepiece will be the plaza itself, a new public space surrounded by shops and cafes. As part of the new development, the period buildings on Bishopsgate and Devonshire Row will also be renovated.
“We are very pleased that the City of London has approved our plans for this second tower that will sit
next to Heron Tower and complete our Heron Plaza development,” commented Gerald Ronson, Chief Executive of Heron International, according to a press release.
“With Heron Tower nearing completion and construction now well underway at The Heron, our residential development at the Barbican, this planning consent for the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences London at Heron Plaza will enable us to
continue our transformation of the City of London, providing much needed, unparalleled hotel and
residential facilities which reflect London’s status as the financial capital of the world.”
The Heron Tower, under construction by Skanska – the same company that built the Gherkin – will be the tallest building in the City of London, standing at 755 feet. It will also be the third tallest building in London, behind 1 Canada Square in Canary Wharf and the Shard London Bridge.
The Tower attracted controversy when it was first announced due to its proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral, which caused groups such as English Heritage to express concerns and resulted in a public inquiry, but the plans were eventually ruled in the developers’ favour in July 2002.
The Tower is now just months away from completion, and is being marketed as an ‘Advanced Business Life Environment’. The property secured a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ last year, which includes sustainable features such as photovoltaic cells that generate renewable energy and provide the office building with a ‘triple skin’ – reducing heat gain by 45% over standard glazing solutions.
Further information on the Heron Tower can be found by visiting www.herontower.com.