New Hotel Site -Aldgate, E1
Behind the site of the former Aldgate East Underground Station entrance (see Summer updates page) between Middlesex Street & Goulston Street are some vacant 1960s buildings (including offices once occupied by United Standard Insurance) and an undercover car park and a car-wash. Proposals are to demolish all these buildings and to make a large development of a 395 room hotel and offices on this land and that on the open space which is the old tube station entrance.
The site lies within an archaeological priority area.Medieval quarry pits were discovered as part of an archaeological evaluation of the site in 1999 The evaluation also found 19th century basement foundations truncating 15th–18th century walls,cellars & foundations.
CITY OF LONDON EC3 - P & O BUILDING
Built in 1969, with 15 storeys above ground and three below, this building was considered at the time to be one of the most complex glass-fronted structures in England.
It was extensively damaged by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attack in 1992, and subsequently had to be reclad. Now it is being demolished to make way for a much taller, 48-storey tower, destined to be the tallest building in the City until the completion of the neighbouring Bishopsgate Tower. The distinctive wedge-shaped profile of the new building has already led to it being nicknamed the Cheese Grater. The project is costing £286 million.
The demolition procedure for the old building is unusual, being conducted from the bottom upwards, rather than the other way round, leaving the building’s concrete core exposed. This is because of the unique way in which the building was constructed: the floors are supported by a beam hanging from the roof rather than being supported by columns from the ground.
*** The building has now been completely demolished ***