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The London mayor's architecture adviser, Lord Rogers, has called on the London Bridge planning inquiry to approve the controversial skyscraper.

Rogers'evidence marked the conclusion of arguments supporting Renzo Piano's tower and preceded presentations by English Heritage (EH) and Historic Royal Palaces demanding the designs be scrapped.

Rogers, a former Urban Task Force chairman, dismissed EH's argument that the tower will destroy two of the capital's strategic views.'The cluster of tall buildings at London Bridge is being redeveloped and the tower would form a new and dynamic focus, 'Rogers told the inquiry on Tuesday.'This will enhance London's skyline and the backdrops of the strategic views of St Paul's from Kenwood and Parliament Hill.'

He also praised the scheme's architecture, describing Piano's design as 'an outstanding landmark building'and a 'true masterpiece'.

'The London Bridge Tower is a masterwork of architectural design, sited in the right place to maintain and enhance London's status as a world city, 'Rogers said.

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