City Corporation approves revised Aldgate office development honouring historic pub

The City of London Corporation has approved the revised plans to regenerate an underutilised site near Aldgate underground station, including the reimagining of an historic City pub.

The newly approved scheme at 60 Aldgate Street High Street expands on previously consented plans for an office building, but it now also includes a new Still & Star Public House which embodies the original ‘slum pub’ that dates to the 1800’s.

The 4C Hotel Group development offers a refurbished hotel, a new office building, retail/business units and a 15-storey residential building, as well as a landscaped park, a number of landscaped urban squares and both long and short stay cycle parking.

The Still & Star pub, which was deemed an asset of community value in 2016, will be relocated from Little Somerset Street to a much more prominent location on Aldgate High Street.

The new location allows the pub to be both expanded by 90sqm and reimagined as an enhanced and strengthened community and social asset. In addition, the details of the original façade will be scanned and replicated to celebrate its history.

Deputy Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Oliver Sells QC, said:

“This office development offers significant benefit to the local area by replacing inconsistent buildings with a high-quality sustainable and energy efficient office building in this incredibly well-connected City location.

“New pedestrian routes, improved urban greening and creative activation of the ground floor are clear examples of the vast and highly commendable improvements to the local public realm.

“The designs for 60 Aldgate High Street have been refined over a number of years and the scheme we have approved today strikes the delicate balance between celebrating the Aldgate area and providing much needed space for the City to grow.”

4C Hotels’ Managing Director, Al-Karim Nathoo, said:

“We are delighted that the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has given its approval for the rebuilding of the Still & Star and a major new office building at 60 Aldgate High Street.

“This revised application will deliver a more comprehensive regeneration of the area, will protect key heritage assets and deliver a more attractive public realm.

“We are really excited about this next phase in the Minories regeneration.”

The City of London Corporation has a commitment to world-class sustainable development and has included the key aims of greening of the Square Mile and more open spaces in the City Plan 2036.

As part of this, all new developments and refurbishments will be required to include a greening element to the building or public realm to contribute to improving biodiversity, rainwater run-off, air and noise pollution, temperature regulation, and making the City a more visually desirable business location.


Notes to Editors:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

CGI credit: ACME building design for 60 Aldgate High Street