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Grid Architects submits Swiss Cottage tower

London-based Grid Architects has submitted plans for this residential tower at Swiss Cottage, North London

The 24-story tower is set to replace an existing office block in Camden.

The mixed-use scheme includes 148 private rented flats, 36 affordable homes, retail space, community uses, roof terraces and basement car parking. 

The scheme has come under fire from local residents who have said the tower will be too high and the current 1980s office building on the site could be refurbished, but the Design Council and London Mayor Boris Johnson have backed the development.

According to the Camden New Journal, Johnson said despite the plans exceeding the density set out for the area in the London Plan, they could be passed as there is a greater need for tall buildings in town centres. In a report seen by the local paper, Johnson said the site was an ‘excellent location to site a tall building.’

Construction on the site is set to start in 2015, with the scheme completed in 2017.

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