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Second Baby Shard Design Approved

Southwark Council have approved an alternative design for the planned redevelopment at New London Bridge House next to London Bridge Tower.

This now gives Teighmore, the developer of the scheme that is a collection of the three partners, Sellar Properties, CLS Holdings, and the Ironzar Trust, two different options that they can carry forwards for the site.

On one hand there is the original "Baby Shard", 88 metres tall with 18 floors and 60,000 square metres of space, and on the other there is this newly approved design that has roughly the same amount of space but is 14 metres shorter - a feat achieved by reducing the floor to ceiling heights. This also has the knock-on benefit of making it cheaper to construct although floor to ceiling heights that are lower will fetch slightly less rent than the roomiest ones.

The main aesthetic changes between the two are obvious with the original having a chubby look, a sloping roof line that complimented the tapering of London Bridge Tower, and curving sides whilst the latest version has a more rectangular look but retains some of the feeling of lightness that the older scheme had along with such details as the fašade overrun above the roof-line.

At ground level there are changes to the way the "Baby Shard" links London Bridge Tower with the area to the immediate east including improved access through the site to Southwark Cathedral.

The question now will be which of the rival designs Teighmore decide to build, and more pressingly, when they shall start to work on London Bridge Tower itself now that Southwark Towers has been vacated by PWC.

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