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Simpson's London tower picks up guarded CABE backing

CABE has praised Ian Simpson's Beetham Tower design, stating that the 68-storey tower would be a 'bold addition to the London skyline', after its design review process.

However, the design watchdog did express concern about the £500 million building's configuration of family housing, in a statement released yesterday afternoon (6 September).

It also worried that there were 'weaknesses in the streets and spaces in and around the development'.

The tower has been criticised in the past week for its impact on views in and around St James's Park, a concern first raised by parks consultant Hal Moggridge (AJ 29.07.05).

CABE also highlighted that the success of the project would depend on the final 'look' of the building's outer glass skin and lighting effects for its envelope.

However, it did criticise a large overhang proposed at the road junction between Stamford Street and Blackfriars Road, which it believed would have a profound impact on pedestrians and drivers.

The statement concluded with a consideration of the issues surrounding the building's provision of family housing, which CABE believes still need to be addressed.

by Rob Sharp

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