Legal & General has been given planning permission for its 1m sq ft Walbrooke Square scheme.

It was given the go ahead this morning at the City of London’s planning and transport committee meeting.

The 3.7 acre site on Queen Victoria street will provide around 875,000 sq ft of office space, across four buildings including a 22-storey tower. It will also include a 95,000 sq ft retail element. As part of the scheme, Bucklersbury House will be demolished. The scheme is designed by Atelier Foster Nouvel – a joint venture between Lord Foster and French architect Jean Nouvel.

Alderman Sir Robert Finch said the scheme was ‘an enormous improvement’ which would provide a ‘different shape on the skyline’.

It was given consent after the Greater London Authority made changes to the protected sightlines to St Paul’s Cathedral which allowed L&G to increase the size of the development.