Description of 70 Gracechurch Street
The Forum at 70 Gracechurch Street is a commercial development in the City of London EC3.
The development includes more than 72,000m2 of flexible office floorspace, over 1,800m2 of flexible retail space and more than 1,500m2 of public access space.
The 33-storey tower offers substantial benefits to the public realm, including a more than fivefold increase in publicly accessible space compared with the existing site.
The building features an innovative retractable vehicular lift that efficiently uses space, transforming into the public realm during the day.
Publicly Accessible Space
An inclusive public gallery and winter garden will open at levels 29 and 30 will offer views across London and be made available at no cost to the City’s residents, workers and visitors.
The high-quality design by award-winning architects Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) includes integrated urban greening through living roofs, terrace planting and a green wall in Ship Tavern Passage.
The scheme will have more than 1,000 extended stay and short stay cycle parking spaces, including space for three cargo cycles.
70 Gracechurch Street is on the part of the original London Roman Forum site, adjacent to the historic Leadenhall Market within the Eastern City Cluster.
The Site occupies a corner location with its primary street frontage at 168 Fenchurch Street and 70-75 Gracechurch Street, with an additional presence on Lime Street and Ship Tavern Passage.
2020 October - Tenacity applies for planning permission for a demolition of all existing buildings and the erection of a new building comprising basement levels and ground floor plus 33 upper storeys (155m AOD) including office use (Class E), flexible retail uses (Class E, drinking establishments (Sui Generis) and hot food takeaway (Sui Generis)), a public viewing gallery, cycle parking, servicing, refuse and plant areas, public realm improvements and other works associated with the development including access and highways works. Architect: KPF. City of London ref. no. 20/00816/FULEIA.
2020 - Second consultation was held virtually 17th and 30th August 2020. Organised by Field Consulting.
2019 - Public exhibition on 9th and 10th December 2019 at the Brand Exchange, Birchin Lane. Organised by Field Consulting.
2001 - 10-storey building purpose-built for Marks and Spencer completes in 2001.
1998 - Limebank House is demolished.
1968 - 26-storey (98m AOD) Limebank House completes. Barclays Bank headquarters office tower designed by Richard Seifert and Partners in 1969.