The authors were the architects of the London branch of Cohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) for the customer, DIFA. Bishopsgate Tower will be more than 300 meters high, thus breaking the current record for a skyscraper at 1 Canade Square (235 meters), built back in 1991. At the same time, it will be slightly lower than another projected skyscraper - "London Bridge Tower" by Renzo Piano with a height of 306 m.
"Bishopsgate Tower" will be located next to another new development - "Ledenhall Building" by Richard Rogers (225 m).
According to the KPF project, there will be more than 96,000 sq. m of office space, making the building one of the most spacious in London. The architecture firm is not the first to take on the Bishopsgate Tower. Prior to this, the DIFA management ordered the project to Helmut Jan, but his version was rejected by the city authorities, since, if built, would have blocked the view of St. Paul's Cathedral from Fleet Street.
KPF moved their building to the north, thus solving this problem.
The first three floors of the skyscraper will be occupied by a shopping arcade, and a restaurant will be located at the very top.
Bishopsgate Tower will be the first but not the last high-rise building in the area. It is planned to build a whole ensemble of skyscrapers there, which will be positioned so as not to obstruct the view of St. Paul's Cathedral from the Waterloo Bridge.