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Foster's £175m Guinness site plan awaits approval

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Foster and Partners' highly controversial scheme for a London riverside site, known as the Guinness site, is to go in for planning approval next week.

The 8ha masterplan, valued at £175 million, will be half residential and half commercial. Content and construction costs are being kept under wraps, but early designs had slender high-rise towers, a 200-bed hotel, a piazza, a promenade and landscaped areas. Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates are running the project, taking almost 300m of river front.

Project manager Martin Walker said: 'The land for commercial buildings may be split into four sites and sold to different developers. But it is all under the masterplan by Foster and Partners.

'We won't get buildings we don't want. There will be no industrial buildings or warehouses and we can't have retail because planners have already turned down plans to build a supermarket on the site.'

The site, which used to be owned by Guinness, was occupied two years ago by new age campaigners, fighting plans to turn the site into luxury flats and a supermarket.

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