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The tall towers that are reducing our daylight

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I couldn't help but notice this article in www. skyscrapernews.co. uk - 'Canary Wharf is the world's single largest commercial property development containing over 12 million square feet of office space

It contains all three of London's tallest buildings Construction started on the project in 1988 and ground to a halt with the recession of the early '90s but since then things have picked up . . . The Canary Wharf Group are now looking to expand the estate into much of the rundown area surrounding it. At the same time other property developers have got in on the act, and although they aren't building anything near the height of One Canada Square, the whole area is slowly being developed to contain dozens and dozens of high-rise buildings.'

The Canary Wharf tower designed by Cesar Pelli is gradually being engulfed by surrounding ones, creating a solid mass rather than any notion of tower. In its neighbouring districts, the mornings will become shorter and in others, the nights will come quicker.

Fortunately, Canary Wharf is more isolated in its island garden than the main commercial City of London. It is rarely perceived how towers add to the skyline, but very noticeable when your daylight is removed and it happens to a far greater number than one predicts.

These skyscrapers have little to do with location - only a desperation to stick their neck out over the top of their neighbours. Meanwhile, surrounding inhabitants can only feel their oppressive new-found neighbours running down their area.

No longer can estate agents endorse previous properties with claims of light and airy space, neither can they wax about their skyline views of London. Commercial towers are, quite simply, phalluses of indecency, theft and exploitation.

Rose Peeters, by e-mail

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