Tower Hamlets Council set to oppose ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

Tower Hamlets council will formally object to plans for the City’s tallest and newest skyscraper, the borough’s strategic development committee has agreed. The 1,000ft (304,8m) building, nicknamed ‘The Tulip’ is intended to be London’s new centre for business, cultural and educational events.


How ‘The Tulip’ may look in 2025. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Designed by the firm headed by one of Britain’s best known architects Norman Foster, the proposed building would be built not far from another iconic City building, ‘The Gherkin’.

Tower Hamlets Council planning officers maintain however that the level of harm the skyscraper might cause would outweigh any benefits.

A Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson said: “The strategic development committee agreed with the recommendation that the council should formally object to the development referred to as The Tulip due to the serious harm it would cause to the setting of the Tower of London World Heritage Site and the lack of any substantial public benefits that might off-set the harm.”

A council report states: “The development would have a significant adverse impact on the Grade I listed Tower of London, including its setting and townscape views, as well as having a significant adverse impact on local transport infrastructure and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The ‘Tulip’, it’s feared, might have a significant impact on the public transport network which has not been fully assessed.

A report is due to be sent to the City of London this week. If construction of ‘The Tulip’ does get approval, work will start in 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2025.

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