London's 'Gotham City' Goes To Planners
The ever-changing skyline of London's Square Mile is set to be further transformed if plans to build a £390m collection of skyscrapers are approved.
Designs for the new 910,000sq ft development on Leadenhall Street - nicknamed 'Gotham City' - were unveiled by Henderson Global Investors, which owns the site.
At 170m (557ft) high, with office blocks between seven and 34 storeys tall, developers hope the complex will rival City skyscrapers such as the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and Walkie Talkie in terms of height.
However, the buildings' designer, architectural firm Make, has confirmed that the protected view of St Paul's Cathedral from Fleet Street will not be obscured by the towers.
In addition to offices, the development will also feature 20,000sq ft of shops and restaurants at ground level.
Its design is said to be inspired by American 20th century architecture, such as New York's Rockefeller Centre, which influenced Tim Burton's movie depiction of Gotham City in the Batman films.
Henderson Global Investors has submitted a pre-planning application to the City of London Corporation for the new office blocks.
If the project gets past the planning process, it is estimated that nearly 400 construction jobs will be created.
Geoff Harris, director of property development at Henderson Global Investors, said: "The building is also a vote of confidence in the City of London and a major boost to investment, growth and employment in the economy."