Scheme designed by Make sits on the corner of Ropemaker Street and Finsbury Pavement

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Islington council has given the green light to a Make-designed 27-storey stepped tower scheme just north of Moorgate Tube station.

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice said 20 Ropemaker Street will rise up to 128m tall at its highest point providing 415,000sq ft of office space with retail on the ground floor.

It will also will feature five roof terraces, while the reception desk at the entrance will also be able to double as a bar.

Frank Filskow, partner at Make, said: “The articulated form will deliver varied floorplates designed to foster a community of businesses and enhance the wellness of the occupants.

“Virtually every floor has access to outdoor roof terraces or balconies to create a better workplace.”

The project is being delivered by development manager Core on behalf of one of Asia’s richest families, the Kadoories, via investment firm Old Park Lane Management.

Current head of the family Michael Kadoorie is also chairman of hotel firm The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, which is in the process of developing a new Peninusla Hotel by Hyde Park Corner at 1-5 Grosvenor Place.

Tim Sketchley, from Old Park Lane Management, said: “Ropemaker is an opportunity to develop an office complex that represents the future for commercial workspace with its design bringing together ‘lean and clean’ technologies with amenity spaces, outstanding accessibility and provision for the health and well being of the people who will work in it.”

The scheme is aiming for completion in 2022.

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