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The spate of skyscraper proposals in London took a new turn last week when Marks Barfield Architects released plans for a 300m residential tower. At 72-storeys Skyhouse dwarfs Canary Wharf. It has no financial backing to cover the anticipated £95 million cost though a handful of developers have shown an interest in the scheme and five sites in the capital are being considered.

'We're talking about a mixed community with a quarter of the building handed over to affordable housing, with people higher up who can afford to pay extra for the view, ' said David Marks, who added that community activities such as creches and libraries will feature at ground level and at the top of the building. Released images did not show how the building meets the ground.

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