Scheme sits over Farringdon Crossrail station

PLP’s £120m office block over Farringdon Crossrail station in the City of London is to become the new UK head office for social media firm TikTok.

The video-sharing app has seen its popularity surge during lockdown with nearly four million users in the UK and this is predicted to rocket to 11 million users by the end of this year.

Its new home, called Kaleidoscope, has been designed by PLP and has 5,500sq m of space running across six floors. A roof deck will provide private outdoor space for company employees.

The site is bounded by the Smithfield Conservation Area to the west and the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area to the east and to the north.

The architect said the block, which has just completed, was “designed to reflect the style, proportions and colour palette of architecture in the area and complement neighbouring buildings”, including the adjacent grade II* listed Smithfield Market.

The scheme was developed by Helical which is behind the nearby £165m Barts Square mixed-use scheme designed by Sheppard Robson, Piercy & Co and Maccreanor Lavington.

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After it went bust three years ago, Helical drafted in Mace to complete the office scheme called One Bartholomew Close, while McLaren took over the residential element.

All pictures Jeremy Felson