Ken Shuttleworth’s plans for a dramatic new building at Monument - one of the City of London’s most sensitive and historic sites – have been approved.
The City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee approved plans by developer Bellhouse Joseph and private equity firm Carlyle Group this morning.
Bellhouse Joseph plans comprise a 90,000 sq ft, 10-storey office building with a crystalline structure folding around the square in which the Monument stands. The façade will reflect the famous column while the building will be crowned with a roof garden.
The 202ft Monument, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and completed in 1676, is the largest free-standing stone column in the world and commemorates the Great Fire of London of a decade earlier.
Bellhouse Joseph’s plans aim to reinstate the more coherent plan of the square as envisaged by Wren. The square around the Monument has recently been enhanced with a new pavilion that opened in January and streetscape designed by Bere:Architects and funded by the City that aims to enhance understanding of the Monument.
The site is largely owned by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.