The 1,000 foot high so-called
‘tulip tower’ planned for the City of London
has received planning consent.
The tower, due to be
completed by 2025, will incorporate internal slides and moving transparent pods
for visitors to ride in. It will also operate solely as a cultural and visitor
attraction rather than commercial or residential space.
The development has been
criticised for its visual impact on the Tower
of London, and also for its possible affect
on operations at London
However in giving consent Chris Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning
and Transportation Committee, said: “After a lengthy and robust debate, the
committee agreed to approve this truly unique visitor attraction.
“One of my key objectives
as Chairman has been to enable the continued transformation of the City of London into a place which
welcomes members of the public on weekends as during the week.
“This building has
the potential to play an important role in realising our vision of the Square
Mile as a vibrant 24/7 city.”
Planning concerns aside it
is difficult to see how what is essentially a theme park type attraction could
be a more productive or higher-yielding use of land in this expensive part of
the City than a commercial use. Then again, maybe it really could turn out to
be a blooming good opportunity.