Located in the commercial heart of the City of London, the site compromises an existing 1990’s traditional style office building with some notable development challenges. The Client Tenacity, based in Hong Kong is entering the UK market with the ambition to deliver ultra-modern workplaces with beneficial ancillary uses that reflect the current climate.

Project Objective

Through this project and 70 Gracechurch Street (link), the Client, aspires to bring a new type of high-quality workplace to the City of London by delivering office buildings that fundamentally embrace innovation, flexibility and sustainability whilst also enhancing the public domain.

Role Of DP9

DP9 has played a crucial role from inception of the project, advising the Client on their first UK venture on the formation of a scheme to maximise the site’s potential and ultimately securing planning permission.

Key Challenge

The site is located outside of the adopted Eastern Cluster, and so presented significant challenges in terms of being able to convince officers that it was an appropriate location for a tall building. The site also encompasses seven party wall arrangements including listed buildings and frontages into five distinct spaces. As a result, a wealth of additional significant benefits had to be incorporated within the scheme, including reopening historic alleyways, quality retail, incubator work spaces and an exceptional new public garden terrace.

Tenacity enters UK market in the City of London

Richard Ward


Richard joined DP9 in 2005. He is a Chartered Town Planner with more than 20 years’ experience advising on development opportunities for international and UK investors, developers and occupiers, across both private and public sectors. He specialises in complex development projects in London and the South East, including major commercial and residential schemes and those involving listed buildings and conservation areas.

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Alasdair Buckle


Joining DP9 in 2019, Alasdair is a Chartered Town Planner with more than 6 years’ experience advising Clients on a diverse mix of schemes ranging from commercial developments, through to multi-phase major regeneration projects and smaller specialist schemes. He has experience in several London Boroughs including Inner London as well as across the South East and other major cities in England.

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