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No role for KPF 'breakaway five' on Pinnacle tower

KPF's Pinnacle Tower - destined to be the tallest office tower in London
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The developer behind the 300m-tall Pinnacle Tower has scotched rumours Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is to be replaced by offshoots PLP Architecture on the central London skyscraper project

Brookfield Europe confirmed today that KPF would remain as sole architects on the scheme - formerly known as the Bishopsgate Tower, then the DIFA Tower, and now commonly referred to as the ‘Helter Skelter’.

The recently formed PLP Architecture, made up of five ex-KPF partners led by Lee Polisano (click here to read about the ‘breakaway’), has already launched a bid to take the Heron Tower from KPF, according to reports.

However Brookfield Constructions maintained the £1.5 billion project would not be wrestled away from KPF.

Ashley Muldoon, managing director of Brookfield Constructions said:’KPF is remaining on the Pinnacle project to complete it. Brookfield thinks the best way forward for the project is to remain with the architect that designed it.’

Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture said: ‘Having devoted the past six years to this project, we are disappointed by the decision to take the execution of such an important building out of the hands of the people who have been responsible for its design and its milestone planning consent.

‘We and our talented staff remain committed to uncompromising design standards, and have achieved unprecedented success in creating projects that will transform the City of London.  We are proud of such accomplishments and hope that these projects will be delivered in a manner consistent with our original aspirations and design intent.’

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