Office tower will rise to 144m

AHMM has submitted plans for a 37-storey office tower next to the Shard.

The 144m tower will include a 250-seat auditorium and terrace on its 21st and 22nd floors and a double-height public garden within the building on the fifth and sixth floors.

If given the green light the scheme, which is being developed by Great Portland Estates, will see the demolition of 1980s office buildings called New City Court at 20 Thomas Street at London Bridge. 

The project will also involve the restoration and refurbishment of the listed terrace at 4-16 St Thomas Street and redevelopment of Keats House, at 24-26 St Thomas Street.

There will also be a significant public realm element, including new access to the Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge Underground station, as well as bicycle parking and car parking.

A consultation on the scheme is open until February 14.

In a trading update released today, Great Portland Estates listed the New City Court scheme as one of 11 projects in its development line it was “uncommitted” to.

It said: “Our development pipeline includes a further 11 uncommitted projects.

“These schemes include a number of exciting projects, including New City Court, SE1 in the London Bridge Quarter, where we have now submitted a planning application.”

The developer said it was committed to three projects in the capital, at Hanover Square, Oxford House and Cityside House, which as of December 31 required £155.7m of capital expenditure to complete, with 81% of the construction costs already fixed. 

AHMM previously worked with Great Portland Estates on its nearby 240 Blackfriars project.