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CABE backs vast DIFA Tower plans

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CABE has thrown its weight behind KPF's massive DIFA Tower, London's tallest proposed skyscraper, even though it was criticised by English Heritage (EH) for its impact on the capital's skyline.

In comments released yesterday evening (12 December), the government's design watchdog welcomed the 'striking and potentially beautiful architecture' of the building.

This is in stark contrast to the sentiments expressed by EH, which claimed the structure would damage historic views from St James' Park, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge ( Latest London planning battle emerges as EH slams DIFA Tower).

The 300m-tall DIFA Tower will contain office accommodation and lower-level retail and restaurants if it is built.

A spokesperson for CABE said: 'We continue to support the broad ambitions of this project and believe that this proposal has the potential to be a high-quality addition to the emerging cluster of tall buildings in the city and to the skyline of London.'

The quango also called for the scheme's public space to 'make sense' in the context of the wider City.

The spokesperson continued: 'We are pleased to note that the City has commissioned [landscape architect] Lovejoy to undertake a public realm enhancement strategy for the eastern cluster, which we suggested would be of value for the proposed and consented schemes coming forward.'

CABE has also called for public access to the building.

by Rob Sharp

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