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Expert fears Bishopsgate Tower will ruin Royal Park views

An experienced architectural consultant to the Royal Parks has raised fears about the impact of KPF's new Bishopsgate Tower on key views across the capital.

Hal Moggridge, a consultant for landscape architect practice Colvin and Moggridge, has said that important sightlines could be ruined by the project, which was put out to public consultation at the beginning of the week.

The senior architect said views from St James's Park - particularly when standing on the landmark Blue Bridge and looking east - could be ruined by the proposed 307m-tall skyscraper.

Moggridge told the AJ: 'It's quite possible that the parks might be lodging a formal objection. There are a quarter of a million photographs taken there every year.'

The consultant claimed that the skyscraper was 'inconvenient' for the parks, given that tower schemes on the south bank - such as Ian Simpson's Number One Blackfriars Road - will also have an impact on its historic views.

The Simpson skyscraper project was submitted for planning to Southwark council earlier in the week. 'It comes at a bad time - that's also going to be annoying them,' concluded Moggridge.

Bishopsgate Tower would be close to the old CU Tower (now the Aviva Building) off Leadenhall Street, and the tower planned by Richard Rogers Partnership for the British Land Company, which has recently been granted planning permission. (AJ 23.06.05).

by Rob Sharp

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