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Double enquiry into Ian Simpson and Wilkinson Eyre towers gets under way

The joint public enquiry into Ian Simpson’s 52-storey Mirax-Beetham skyscraper and Wilkinson Eyre’s twin-tower scheme in Southwark, London, opened yesterday (11 September).

Both schemes – proposed for sites near Blackfriars Bridge, south of the Thames – were called in by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears in May.

The public hearing has already thrown up a number of gems from Simpson, who was called to defend his scheme.

Under questioning, Simpson reportedly said that he had ‘immersed [himself] in the spirit of the site’, had ‘handcrafted [a] seminal singular form’, and had created ‘the most beautiful and appropriate building [he had] ever designed'.

A blow-by-blow account of the enquiry can be read at

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