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English Heritage worried over latest London skyscraper scheme

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English Heritage has raised concerns over KPF’s proposed 38-storey tower in the City of London which has been recommended for approval by planners

KPF’s 58,000m² tower, known as 52-54 Lime Street, will sit next to Rogers’ Grade I-listed Lloyd’s Building and is expected to given the green light next Tuesday (15 January).

In a letter to the City of London planning department, English Heritage said: ‘By virtue of their size and prominence, tall buildings have a wide reaching impact on the environment, and even an appropriate location and design cannot mitigate every impact.

‘In this case we have identified an impact on the setting of both the Lloyd’s Building and the Tower of London and the contribution that a clear sky makes to the appreciation of their significance.

The cluster of separate towers could actually read as one merged composition of tall development

‘It is our view that the tower, by adding additional bulk and scale to the consented tower at 22-24 Bishopsgate, will cause an additional degree of harm to the setting of the tower. There is a concern that from some angles the appearance of a cluster of separate towers will actually read as one merged composition of tall development.’

English Heritage have advised planners to consider measures to mitigate the impact of the tower.

The building which will be the new home of US insurance firm WR Berkley has been nicknamed ‘the scalpel’ due to its shape, which tapers to a point at a height of 206m.

Subject to planning approval, the scheme is set to complete in 2017. 

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