1,000 Foot Tulip Tower Plans Rejected

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected plans to build a so-called ‘tulip tower’ skyscraper in the City of London, although the scheme previously received planning consent from the City of London Corporation.

The Mayor used his powers to reject the plans on the basis that the design of the tower was not of sufficient high quality, that it would impact surrounding historic buildings, plus safety issues and a lack of cycle parking.

In publishing the refusal Khan said: “I consider that the proposal would not constitute the high standard of design required for a tall building in this location. The proposal would compromise the ability to appreciate the Outstanding Universal Value of the Tower of London World Heritage Site and would cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline and image of London, strategic views, as well as the public space surrounding the site.

“The public benefits of the scheme are limited and would not outweigh this harm. The proposals would also result in a poor quality, unwelcoming, unnecessarily confined pedestrian environment and would provide inadequate cycle parking.”

The tower, designed by Foster+Partners for developer J Safra, was intended to operate solely as a visitor attraction rather than commercial space and would have incorporated internal slides and moving transparent pods for visitors to ride in.

The developers still have the right to appeal the refusal or, of course, to propose some other imaginative scheme. So it is by no means unlikely that this prime City of London site will see some potentially controversial development plan in the not too distant future.

Source London.Gov.UK
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