City of London planners approve 'Tulip' skyscraper
April 03, 2019 - London
The City of London Corporation yesterday approved an application for “The Tulip”, a striking, Foster + Partners-designed leisure and education tower that would have a major impact on London’s skyline.
With its bulbous tip and rotating viewing pods, the building would be 1,000 feet (305.3m) high, making it the second tallest building in Western Europe after London’s Shard.
Proposed by banking company the J. Safra Group, owner of the neighbouring Gherkin, the project must now receive approval from mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority (GLA), which has objected to the scheme.
Also objecting is the heritage body Historic England, which says it is too eye-catching and would diminish the “sense of dominance” of the nearby Tower of London.
But the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee yesterday voted 18-7 in favour of the project at 20 Bury Street, saying it could attract 1.2 million visitors a year.
The bulb would offer 20,000 free places a year to teach school children the city’s history and dynamism. There would also be a sky bar at the top and retail space at the ground level.
Analysis commissioned by project proponents said the Tulip would boost London’s economy by an extra £970m and would add 600 permanent full-time jobs during 20 years of operation.
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