A shortlist of developers has been drafted to take on the tower ( 'U2 Tower' designs to be binned ), but, in a bizarre twist, only two have revealed the architects that will be part of their teams.
It is unknown why three of the developers have refused to unveil their architects, and it has still not been revealed who will be working with Viñoly or Foster.
The tender calls for each consortium to provide designs for the neighbouring Britain Quay but to stick to the original Craig Henry and Burdon Dunne designs for the so-called 'U2 Tower'.
However, it is unlikely any of the shortlisted teams will continue with the existing designs if successful.
A source close to one of the developers has already said: 'There's no way [the offices] expect to work on the original design - if they did they wouldn't enter.'