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Wilkinson Eyre wins green light for twin Southwark skyscrapers

Wilkinson Eyre has finally been given planning permission for this twin tower scheme at 20 Blackfriars Road, Southwark – next to Ian Simpson’s proposed Beetham Tower.

The mixed-use development on the 0.81ha site south of the River Thames features a 23-storey office tower and a 42-storey residential skyscraper with 1,600m2 of shops at its base.

The practice was originally appointed to draw up the plans for the plot back in 2004 for developer Land Securities. However the land was bought by Circleplane last year.

According to the practice, the facade of ‘distinctive facetted towers’ is ‘angled to pick up the light in a unique way, with views varying from Parliament Hill in the north to Crystal Palace in the south’.

A spokesman for the practice added: ‘Viewed from the south, this [143m-tall apartment] tower will have the slenderest profile of any residential tall building in London and will be highly energy efficient, benefiting from excess energy transferred from the office tower.’

The development was approved by Southwark Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday (22 January), subject to Section 106 agreements.

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