Go-ahead for London Broadgate twin towers

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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Developer British Land has secured planning consent for the next major office scheme at the Broadgate development in London.

2 Finsbury Avenue will offer 83,000 sq m of offices, 700 sq m of retail and over 2,100 sq m of learning space
2 Finsbury Avenue will offer 83,000 sq m of offices, 700 sq m of retail and over 2,100 sq m of learning space

The 2 Finsbury Avenue (2FA) project consists of a large podium supporting a 37-storey East Tower and 22-storey West Tower.

It is the most ambitious phase to be brought forward in the ongoing redevelopment of the City of London office site and ranks as the third major office scheme to be granted planning by the City of London Corporation in recent weeks

Sir Robert McAlpine is expected to be the main contractor for the project having signed a framework deal with British Land to deliver the phased redevelopment of Broadgate several years ago.

Ground-breaking net-zero carbon office project is designed by Danish architect 3XN

The client professional team also includes Ramboll as structural and services engineer, with Gardiner & Theobald on board as project manager and FMDC, the facade consultant.

In line with British Land’s sustainability strategy, the building will target net-zero carbon in construction and operation as well as a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification.

To achieve this ambitious goal, a series of forward-thinking environmental initiatives will be incorporated.

Planned winter garden located on top of podium building at level 13 between east and west towers

To ensure flexibility for current and future needs, the offices have been co-designed with behavioural scientists from GXN and are interspersed with healthy, green areas and terraces.

Several large open glazed spaces are included within in the office design

A central element of the design is a new public route under the building that will extend Finsbury Avenue to create a new route from Eldon Street to Sun Street via Finsbury Avenue Square.

Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, said: “The high-quality design for 2 Finsbury Avenue is yet another step in the radical transformation of Broadgate as a thriving and vibrant destination in the City.

“The developers have ensured sustainability remains at the core of the scheme and have embraced emerging trends for the post-pandemic world, including flexible and adaptable office space to address new ways of working.

“This is the third tall building application to be approved this year which shows that the fundamental strengths of the City remain unrivalled.”

The City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee awarded planning permission to the proposal for 70 Gracechurch Street on 16 February and to the proposal for 55 Gracechurch Street on 26 January.

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