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Temporary city farm for Cheesegrater site shelved

A competition-winning scheme to temporarily turn the site of Richard Rogers’ mothballed Leadenhall tower into a city farm has been shelved

Last October, Bath-based Mitchell Taylor Workshop saw off a dozen other up-and-coming practices to win the contest, organised by developer British Land, to find a short-term use for the plot of the stalled City of London skyscraper scheme, known as the ‘Cheesegrater’.

Practice co-founder Piers Taylor said: ‘It’s a shame now that British Land think that it would give out the wrong messages to the City and forestall an economic recovery if the scheme were to go ahead.’

Rumours are growing that the scheme by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners could restart before the end of the year (2010).

In a statement released to the AJ, British Land admitted that market conditions had changed since the contest for the £125,000 ‘fill in’ was launched in late 2009.

The statement said: ‘There has been no decision to progress with the construction of the Leadenhall building, but with the change in the market, it would be imprudent for British Land to create a situation whereby it was unable to move forward if appropriate.’

Postscript

New London Architecture is showcasing all the entries into the Leadenhall contest next week (22 March)

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