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Tall storeys


Tall buildings are getting yet more scrutiny, this time from the Urban Affairs subcommittee of the the House of Commons, which quizzed Simon Jenkins and the City Corporation's Judith Mayhew this week. More witnesses to come, including, of course, CABE and English Heritage.

Talk about shutting the door after the horse has bolted. . . London has more than 300 buildings which could be termed high. There is no shortage of new applications for towers. I gather the top floors of Canary Wharf are not letting well currently, but doubtless that has something to do with its symbolic North American connections. The tallest proposal, Renzo Piano's London Bridge Tower, has been the subject of considerable design development in recent months, and shows no sign of going away.

Let's hope the subcommittee interviews the great man.

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