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London gives a green light to the Trellis, the second-tallest skyscraper in Europe

A 1000 foot skyscraper nicknamed the Trellis has been given planning approval in London, and it will become Europe’s second-tallest building when constructed.

At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in western Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects
At 1000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects

The 73-storey building is officially called 1 Undershaft. It is only 16 feet smaller than Europe’s tallest building, the Shard, which is also located in London.

At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in western Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects
At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects

Designed by Eric Parry Architects, the Trellis will house what is believed to be London’s highest restaurant. Eric’s design for the building was chosen when he won a competition run by the City of London Corporation.

At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in western Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects
At 1000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects

The skyscraper is due to be completed after the current building’s tenants, Aviva, vacate in 2024. Apart from a huge office space with room for 10,000 workers, it will have a public viewing gallery at the top of the building.

At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in western Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects
At 1000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects

The developers are working with the Museum of London on the possibility of installing an education centre there too. The aim is that school parties and other groups can learn more about the city, its growth and its history.

At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in western Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects
At 1,000 feet tall, 1 Undershaft, nicknamed the Trellis, will be the second-tallest building in Europe. Image: Eric Parry Architects

The spectacular new building will have an elevated reception, so that the public can walk freely beneath it. There will be a large retail space for restaurants, cafés and shops around an open lower court, which is accessed from the public square. Once it’s constructed, the Trellis will overlook some of London’s other adorably-named landmarks, including the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin.