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Make moots Pinnacle skyscraper alternative

Make has floated alternative plans for London’s stalled Pinnacle skyscraper

The studio is one of several architects to propose new ways forward for the 288-metre-tall KPF-designed project.

Progress on the £1 billion skyscraper ground to a halt 14 months ago and its backers are now understood to be exploring options for the high-profile City of London plot.

Make’ Ken Shuttleworth told The Guardian the original tower proposal was ‘too complicated to build because each piece of glass is a different size’.

The existing foundations could be used for a ‘simpler’ more flexible tower, he argued.

City planning officer Peter Rees said: ‘The Pinnacle, or Helter-Skelter as I prefer to call it, was one of the last of the era of wacky buildings.

‘What they are doing now is reviewing the project in the light of current circumstances and fashion. It will produce a totally different building that is more practical in terms of its floor plates.’

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