70 Gracechurch Street building from 2001.

70 Gracechurch Street building from 2001.

A development by Tenacity

A development by Tenacity


70 Gracechurch Street

70 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0XL
Local Authority:
City of London

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.

The Site

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.

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Plans approved

The City of London Corporation has approved plans for the redevelopment of 70 Gracechurch Street.

The newly approved 33-storey scheme is designed by award-winning architects Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) and targets a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’. It includes integrated urban greening through living roofs, terrace planting and a green wall in Ship Tavern Passage. These measures will help mitigate air and noise pollution, absorb carbon, improve biodiversity and reduce rainwater run-off.

In line with the City Corporation’s Transport Strategy, the development promotes walking and cycling with a new direct pedestrian link to the historic Leadenhall Market to be established, and more than 1,000 long stay and short stay cycle parking spaces added – including the area for three cargo cycles.
An inclusive public gallery and winter garden 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.

Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, commented: “This sustainable and energy-efficient development provides a significant increase in prime City office floorspace, which will be vitally important for the workers and businesses returning to a newly-revived City after the current restrictions are eased.

“Comprising of three staggered tower elements, the development creates a unique and dynamic silhouette, without dominating the City skyline, and it showcases sustainability measures to promote health and wellbeing.

“The scheme aspires to become a workplace destination and it embraces post-pandemic trends such as natural ventilation and generous external terraces.

“Significant steps have been taken to enliven the pedestrian flow in the area which will further reveal and establish the historic Leadenhall Market as a world leading open air retail space for all.”

Founder and CEO of Tenacity, Patrick Wong, added:
“70 Gracechurch Street will lead the way for a new generation of office led buildings in the City that reflect the changing needs and expectations of occupiers and visitors. Our proposals put the health and wellbeing of occupants at its heart, while also fundamentally transforming the public realm and visitor experience for citygoers of all types.

“Our proposals reflect the City Corporation’s 24/7 vision for the City, while also allowing us to make the most of the site’s unique location as a gateway into Leadenhall Market.

“We have worked closely with the City throughout the last number of years on both our projects and share their ambitious and progressive vision for the City and look forward to playing a part in shaping that future.”

For more information about the plans please see City of London application ref. no. 20/00816/FULEIA.

16/02/2021 16:16 by Buildington

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