The development faced fierce opposition from those arguing the building will not just ‘add’ to London’s skyline, but ‘dominate’ it. These concerns seem justified, at a huge 278 meters tall 22 Bishopsgate will dwarf its neighbour the Gherkin which stands at 180 meters.
Objector’s to the project included members of the public, Royal Parks, the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Islington and the charity Historic Royal Palaces. The charity expressed concerns that the building’s “broad shoulders” will overshadow the Tower of London.
DMZ acknowledges these concerns and agrees that care should be taken to ensure that the ongoing development of London’s skyline is done tastefully and not to the detriment of the surrounding area.
But with ever increasing competition between London and other mega cities like New York and Dubai, compounded by Brexit jitters, we believe the Capital should be cautious not to scare off large developers with increased red tape and NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) objections.
The chairman of planning and transport at the City of London, Chris Hayward, said: “This decision to continue with what is a key development in the City of London’s eastern cluster demonstrates the high level of investor confidence in London’s future growth.”
DMZ feels that post-Brexit, the decision to expand Heathrow and now the approval of 22 Bishopsgate sends a clear message to the rest of the world that London is open for business.