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English Heritage: Piano's mega tower is out of tune

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English Heritage has given the thumbs-down to Renzo Piano's £350 million London Bridge Tower because it says the building will have a major impact on the Tower of London world heritage site and protected strategic views of St Paul's.

In a statement set for release today, EH has officially called for a public inquiry on the 306m tall tower, at which it proposes to give evidence if the government agrees. The AJ revealed EH London director Philip Davies' belief that the scheme was heading for an inquiry in March (AJ 29.3.01).

EH said the building was 'potentially of the highest quality' but that 'a tower in this location would have a detrimental effect on the protected strategic views of St Paul's from Kenwood and Parliament Hill Fields'. The conservation agency was also due to say today that it shares CABE's views that the scheme fails to provide a comprehensive masterplan for the integration of the new building with the wider redevelopment of London Bridge Station and Borough Market Area.

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