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DIFA tower plan contested by five

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Five of the UK's top practices are competing to design a skyscraper for the City of London, following Helmut Jahn's termination from the project earlier this year.

Foster and Partners, Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, KPF and Bennetts Associates are awaiting an imminent decision from German client Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG (DIFA).

The speculative office project will sit on a difficult site on Bishopsgate, adjacent to another tower by Richard Rogers Partnership for British Land and close to viewing corridors of St Paul's.

Development of the initial scheme - potentially Jahn's first building in the UK - was shelved 'by mutual consent' in May (AJ 22.5.03).

A spokesman for Hamburgbased DIFA said the company had made a decision, which it would announce shortly.

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