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Jahn's Bishopsgate skyscraper plans scrapped 'by mutual consent'

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Plans by Helmut Jahn for his first building in the UK, a skyscraper for the City of London, have been shelved.

Jahn had been lined up by German developer DIFA to develop the tower on Bishopsgate within the City's proposed eastern tower cluster. But both Jahn and DIFA confirmed this week that the Chicago-based architect's involvement had been terminated 'by mutual consent'.

The speculative office tower, first revealed by the AJ 18 months ago and understood to be 250m tall, was planned for a tight site neighbouring a further tower being proposed by Lord Rogers for developer British Land. As with other tall building proposals in the city, it risked falling foul of protected views of St Paul's.

However, a spokesperson for DIFA refused to say whether plans had been abandoned altogether, claiming the company was 'considering its architectural options for the site and how best to proceed'. It would make a decision by the end of the summer, he said.

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