The ‘Baby Shard’ has been granted planning permission from Southwark Council after a redesign.
The building, designed to echo the Shard of Glass tower, which will stand opposite, was originally granted planning permission in 2007, however the Thameslink rail upgrade meant the the plans had to be rethought.
“The viaduct is being widened at London Bridge, and they wanted to make sure they had plenty of clearance,” said a spokesman for the developers, Sellar property Group,
“They also wanted to make sure there was plenty of space for public realm.”
The 18-storey building, designed by Renzo Piano, will be reduced in height from 88m to 74m. The development will also include demolishing the 22-storey new London Bridge House. The Baby Shard will be a mixed use development, housing shops, cafes, a new entrance for London Bridge tube station and 40,000 sq m of office space.
They have removed the original sloping roof design to give it less bulky appearance and will better compliment it’s big brother, the Shard tower – which is expected to be the highest skyscraper in Europe when completed.
The new development seems to be very much on track, and couldn’t come at a better time when demand for office space in London is high and competition for space is driving the market in ways that don’t always benefit everyone.