8 Bishopsgate

London, UK

WilkinsonEyre’s tallest building in London and a major contributor to the City’s Eastern Cluster is now on site. Featuring a host of sustainability credentials, the EPC A rated building is set to be the UK’s tallest structure to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating. The 51-storey tower will offer 52,900m2 of office space, retail space on ground and mezzanine levels, a bookable event space, and a public viewing gallery at the top.

Sustainability has been a key design driver from the project’s inception and one of the main goals was to optimise material efficiency. Bespoke steel sections throughout are designed to be no bigger than required by their unique loads. Rationalising the building’s frame has reduced the use of steel by 25% less steel, saving approximately 5,000 tonnes of CO2. 

Designed for client Mitsubishi Estate London and being delivered by Stanhope, the scheme is conceived as a series of stacked blocks in response to its urban context, with consideration of view corridors and an adjacent conservation area. The top three storeys are arranged as a pavilion incorporating the viewing/event space as well as plant rooms. The adoption of a raft foundation for low and mid rise elements saved a further 3000 m3 of concrete, equating to 300 tonnnes of CO2. A double skin façade mediates between maximum daylighting, occupier controlled shading and passive stack ventilation. The scheme is due to complete at the end of 2022. Find out more about the building here at www.8bishopsgate.com