Architect Thinking Space has clinched planning permission for an 11-storey, £12 million tower in London (pictured) after winning an appeal against planners who said the building should be no taller than six storeys.And now, after discussion with the Greater London Authority, a 20-storey version on the same site is on the cards.
The director of architecture at the six-year-old practice, Howard Carter, said the scheme - proposed for a site on City Road - bordered both Hackney and Islington, so planners from both authorities were involved. And while Islington and the GLA were 'very interested', Hackney - now with a staff of just one 'junior' design officer - dug its heels in. 'They were much more Luddite about it, ' said Carter. 'They said it should be six storeys so we went for 11 as a definitely achievable first step.'
The proposal for the 10,000m 2building for client Richcliffe won on appeal, with the inspector ruling in favour and recognising its high architectural quality. The architects are now investigating yields with an as yet uncosted 20-storey tapering version of the building.
The project features a circulation spine creating 'interest and movement' and giving the building a presence as a 'beacon' terminating the long view down City Road.