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TV reception fears over Allies and Morrison's planned City of London tower

The City of London looks set to give the thumbs up to Allies and Morrison's 100 Bishopsgate skyscraper scheme when it comes before the authority's planning committee next Monday (23 April).

At the heart of the 120,000m2 development for Great Portland Estates - which will sit close to Foster's Gherkin - is a 39-storey, 165m-tall office building.

Two seven-storey mixed-use blocks are also included in the proposals for the site, which stretches between Bishopsgate, Camomile Street, St Mary Axe and St Helen's Place.

Although the scheme has been recommended for approval and is backed by CABE, the plans have come in for unexpected criticism from the BBC.

The broadcaster fears the tower and the 'large temporary structures such as cranes during the construction' could have an impact on television reception, creating a 13km 'shadow' across London.

The BBC remains unconvinced by claims in an environmental statement, by consultant Environ, which maintains that the tower will not have any 'significant detrimental impact on broadcast, communications or mobile services.'

If it wins the thumbs-up, the scheme will become the latest in a line of super-high developments approved as part of the City's emerging tall-building cluster and will sit to the south of the long-awaited 202m-high Heron Tower.

by Richard Waite

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