A New Skyscraper Will Have London’s First ‘Climbing Window’

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A new skyscraper, set to tower above the Gherkin and the Leadenhall building, is changing the game for modern workspaces.

Twentytwo, or 22 Bishopsgate, will contain workspace for up to 12,000 people, as well as the city’s first ever climbing window. Climbing holds will be installed directly to the inner face of the skyscraper’s exterior wall, situated 125 metres from the ground — meaning employees will be able to work on their inner core whilst admiring stunning views of the city.

London skyline 2020

Besides the wall, Twentytwo will also have a fresh food market, a wellbeing retreat and spa, London’s highest free public viewing gallery, and an ‘art walk’ on the ground floor.

This innovative concept stemmed from the major changes in the way people live and work, caused by various cultural, demographical and technological advances. The designers, PLP Architecture, imagined somewhere they would love to work, and ultimately created a building that we’d all desperately love to work in. It’s designed to increase productivity, wellness and engagement and, as it turns out, the odd stroll to Pret just isn’t quite enough. As a matter of fact, a climbing window is exactly what we’re missing…


Oh but by the way, don’t be too eager with the climbing gear, Twentytwo isn’t due to be completed until 2019.

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Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.