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Just when we all got used to the Gherkin, another massive monolith with a really weird name is about to appear in London.
Plans for a 73-storey skyscraper officially called ‘1 Undershaft’ have now been approved by the City of London financial district.
Nicknamed the Trellis due to its external metal bracing, the new building will be part of a cluster of towers that also includes the distinctive Gherkin and more recent additions like the Leadenhall Building, known as the Cheese-Grater
The new tower will rise almost 305 metres above sea level, making it the second-tallest building in Western Europe after The Shard, which is also located in London, just across the River Thames from the City.
The new skyscraper is expected to provide 130,000 square metres of office space, enough to accommodate 10,000 workers.
‘This development shows the high levels of investor confidence in London’s status as a global city following our decision to leave the European Union,’ said Chris Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s planning committee.