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Baltic slams 'gherkin'

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Baltic Exchange chief executive Jim Buckley last week attacked the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report into the £150 million Foster and Partnersdesigned tower for Swiss Re as 'deficient' and called for the planning application to be rejected. He wants it axed for establishing 'a dangerous and unwelcome precedent in the City.'

In a letter to the planning committee this week he demanded that Swiss Re produce a proposal more 'in harmony' with the site's surroundings. The Corporation of London will meet next Tuesday to discuss the 41storey tower proposed for the site of the Grade II*-listed Exchange in the City before the matter goes to its court of common council on 20 July. The designers of the cigarshaped skyscraper were ordered to produce the EIA by deputy prime minister John Prescott.

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