Gillespies submits plans for space in front of Londons cheesegrater
Located at the foot of the near-complete Leadenhall Building, commonly known as the cheesegrater,the new space at the junction of Leadenhall Street and St Mary Axe will be the third-largest open space in the City of London.
Gillespies, which also designed the landscapes and public realm at NEO Bankside, says its design promises to deliver ‘a world-class setting for the surrounding buildings’.
It has designed St Helen’s Square, it says, to provide a versatile space to accommodate different activities, including exhibitions and performances. ‘Already a key thoroughfare, the redesigned space promises to reinvigorate the area, creating a fresh and appealing public plaza for people to enjoy.’
The project seeks to ensure that St Helen’s Square achieves its full potential as a renewed public space in the heart of the City.
Jon Akers Coyle, associate partner at Gillespies said, ‘We are excited to have created a vibrant new design for St Helen’s Square. It’s important that the City’s spaces achieve their full potential, to be enjoyed daily by workers, visitors and residents.’
Current and past projects for the Gillespies team in central London include the new public space set to be London’s tallest public garden, atop 20 Fenchurch Street; the design of a public square at St Giles Circus, WC2; public realm design for Paddington Basin, and a new park associated with the Canary Wharf Crossrail station.