Foster and Partners' plans to build a tower behind Selfridges Oxford Street store have been dropped.
The store is currently embarking on a significant architect-led expansion programme and the company was hoping to build a tower to rival Richard Seifert and Partners' Centre Point tower further east (AJ 13.7.00) But Westminster City Council, often labelled as being 'anti-tower', has confirmed that the tower option has been killed off.
'The tower is dead, ' Westminster's director of planning and transportation Carl Powell told the AJ. 'They've dropped any proposals for a tower and the project has gone back to inception stage.'
The AJ understands that Fosters has been retained by Selfridges - which is currently building a striking store in Birmingham, designed by Future Systems - but that the architect has gone back to the drawing board and is considering a low-rise scheme.
The original £250 million proposal was to include an extra 10,000m 2of retail space and a luxury hotel. The tower was due to replace a six-storey block. The decision to abandon the tower project will be a setback for Fosters and Vittorio Radice, the store's chief executive, who are both keen to see landmark additions to London's skyline.