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Heatherwick and Foster line up for Shanghai skyscraper

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An extraordinary collaboration between Thomas Heatherwick and Foster + Partners is in the running for a skyscraper scheme in Shanghai, China

It is understood the British team has been selected alongside MVRDV and OMA on the shortlist in the contest to redevelop one of the last plots on the Shanghai Bund – the historic embankment which once housed international trading houses and banks.

Heatherwick was invited to take part in the competition after impressing with his award-winning Seed Cathedral – the UK pavilion at the World Expo 2010.

The structure was dismantled in November last year and its 60,000 acrylic spikes, each containing a seed, were distributed to schools across China.

The top-secret tower proposals are believed to be as large as Canary Wharf. It is not yet known when a winner will be selected.

Neither Foster + Partners nor Heatherwick Studio were willing to comment.

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