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CABE finally backs KPF's City of London skyscraper

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Kohn Pedersen Fox's (KPF) Pinnacle Tower in the heart of the City of London has received the blessing of CABE following a third review by the architectural watchdog.

Formerly known as the Bishopsgate Tower, then the DIFA Tower, and now commonly referred to as the 'Helter Skelter', the 300m-tall skyscraper will loom over other landmark buildings in the Square Mile, including Norman Foster's Swiss Re tower and Richard Rogers' proposed Leadenhall Street skyscraper.

Sold by developer DIFA to Arab Investments three months ago, the building - which will have 90,000 photovoltaic cells - has been firmly under CABE's spotlight since the Corporation of London delivered a resolution to grant approval for the mammoth structure a year ago (KPF wins planning for DIFA Mark II).

The latest CABE review - which follows two others in March and November 2005 - followed an application in December last year to make a series of revisions to the building's foyer and core in order to increase the overall floor area.

In its report, as well as suggesting that the completed building should be opened up to the general public on certain days of the year, CABE concluded: '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.

'We applaud the continued commitment of the client to a first-class product and reiterate our confidence in the ability of the architects to achieve the high standards required,' it added.

by Max Thompson

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