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Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

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Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has submitted a planning application for its radically redesigned £350 million Minerva Tower on St Botolph's Street in London's Aldgate. The new 43-storey,217m speculative skyscraper is substantially taller than the original 159m scheme (AJ 13.9.01). Floor space has not increased greatly, remaining at a proposed 100,000m 2.The scheme is less bulky than the original design, though the slightly misleading image, left, conceals the true scale of the building, which the architects describe as like 'four open books'. It will also include ground floor retail space and a roof top garden. Timothy Garnham, director of developers Minerva, said he anticipated opposition to the revised scheme, which he said 'would not go unnoticed'. However, CABE has praised the tower's 'elegant architecture'.

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