Despite people in London losing their jobs and houses left right and centre, plans are to be submitted for a huge skyscraper that will dominate large parts of London, dwarfing St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. And it’s not an April Fool.
An excerpt From the Times today (some of is ‘gushing’):-
“IT IS the room with the ultimate view. The architects behind the “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing want to create Britain’s tallest apartment block offering sweeping vistas to the English Channel.
The 932ft tower planned for the south bank of the Thames will be higher than One Canada Square at Canary Wharf, currently London’s tallest building, and will boast a penthouse suite that is likely to become one of the capital’s most desirable addresses.
The glass and steel “spire” by Herzog and de Meuron, the Swiss architects, will be complemented by two smaller towers, forming a new residential complex sitting in the shadow of the “shard of glass”, a mixed-use development already being built at London Bridge railway station.
Despite the recession, planning permission for the £350m trio of spires is due to be submitted within two months. If approved, the complex will take seven years to build, according to the Sellar Property Group, the developer behind the scheme. The same company is responsible for the “shard”, which is being financed by investors from oil-rich Qatar”