Linklaters gets green light for Walkie Talkie tower

Linklaters planning team has won government consent for the ‘Walkie Talkie,’ the 177m tower development at 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

The secretary of state for communities and local government, Hazel Blears, granted permission for property giant Land Securities to build the tower today, after the application was called in for review in March this year.

Linklaters has advised Land Securities throughout the planning process on its strategy and tactics for obtaining planning consent, overcoming objections by heritage bodies that the skyscraper would restrict natural light and obscure views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Linklaters team was led by planning partner Ray Jackson and senior planning associate Michael Gill.

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 39-storey tower will incorporate approximately 94,000 square metres of office space, as well as shops, a café and a publicly accessible Sky Garden on the 35th floor. The Sky Garden will be the highest public park in London, and offer visitors an outside roof terrace, restaurant and a 360 degree panorama of London.

Linklaters planning team has advised on other City skyscraper projects including the 180m 30 St Mary Axe or ‘Erotic Gherkin’ for Swiss Re, the 242m Heron Tower for Heron Property, and the 225m Leadenhall Building or ‘Cheese Grater’ for British Land.