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.

Monumental revamp

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.

Square deal

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.