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Green light for KPF's 45-storey tower next to Broadgate

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Councillors have approved a 45 storey office and hotel building by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) next to the Broadgate development in London

The proposals were submitted to London Borough of Hackney by Appold Broadgate Owners, a subsidiary of New York-based hotel and urban development firm Masterworks Development Corporation.

A planning report which went before London Borough of Hackney councillors on Wednesday praised the tower’s design as ‘distinctive and bold’.

It said: ‘The building’s form is generated by the site constraints: its limited size/footprint and the protected background view of St Paul’s from Westminster Pier. 

‘However, it is considered that these same constraints have been successfully interpreted and used as opportunities to generate a building with a bold and unique character and a pronounced slenderness.’ 

KPF's proposed Appold Street tower in London [May 2015] - zoom

KPF’s proposed Appold Street tower in London [May 2015]

The 156m-tall tower, which will replace the 1988 Bavaria House on the 0.11ha site at 13-14 Appold Street, will house around 10,855m² of office space and a 392 bedroom hotel aimed at business users.

Glass and metal fin façades are proposed, which will be differentiated by the proposed uses inside the building.

The planners’ report recommended that the council requests more information about these elements, although it said that the fins ‘are used thoughtfully to create a dynamic feel across the three elements and to control the perceived scale of the scheme moving up the facade of the scheme.’

In its response to the application, heritage group The Hackney Society said that the scale of the proposal is appropriate but said that the models of the ground and first floor areas were ‘far from inspirational’.

It said that, if permission is granted, the scale of the building should not set a benchmark for other developments in the area.

it gets planning permission, work on the skyscraper could start in November, with an opening date pencilled in for 2019.

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